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Title:The origins of African political consciousness in South Africa
Author:Walshe, A.P.
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
Subject:political consciousness
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/159153
Abstract:The origins of African political consciousness in South Africa can be traced back to the first half of the 19th century, to the impact of the Christian missions and to the development of a non-racial constitution in the Cape. The formation of African political attitudes as they evolved in these early years can therefore be seen as the result of a composite set of influences, several of them peculiar to the South African scene. While the range of conditioning factors was to become more complex as the 20th century progressed and several strains of thought were to develop, including a radical expectation that Africans would have to develop their own predominant political power for the reform of society, South Africa nevertheless experienced the growth of a remarkably moderate African nationalism concerned with non-radical ideals. The factors giving rise to this ideological development were clearly present by the establishment of Union in 1910 and they continued to exercise a profound influence in later decades. Ref.