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Title:Max Yergan, Marxism end mission during the interwar era
Author:Anthony III, David Henry
Periodical:Social Sciences and Missions = Sciences sociales et missions
Geographic terms:South Africa
United States
Subjects:youth organizations
race relations
About person:Max Yergan (1892-1975)ISNI
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/187489309X12537778667273
Abstract:From 1922 through 1936 Max Yergan, an African-American, represented the North American YMCA in South Africa through the auspices of the Student Christian Association. Yergan had acquired some experience in India and East Africa during World War One. His rising star permitted him entry into the racially challenging South African field after a protracted campaign waged on his behalf by such interfaith luminaries as Gold Coast proto nationalist J.E.K. Aggrey and the formidable Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois. Arriving on the eve of the Great Rand Mine Strike of 1922, Yergan's South African years were punctuated by political concerns. Having entered the country as an Evangelical Pan-Africanist during a period of labour unrest, gradually Yergan became favourably disposed to Marxism and Marxist-Leninist doctrine in the course of his South African posting. Against the backdrop of the labour agitation of the post World War One era and the expansion and transformation of the South African Communist Party that occurred during the mid to late nineteen twenties, Yergan's response to what he termed 'The appeal of Communism' made him an avatar of a liberation theology fusing Marxist revolution and Christianity. Notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract, edited]