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By Ruth First

2009 publication of a 1965 book. fortunately filling a request for a retail epub

An unforgettable account of defiance opposed to political terror by means of one among South Africas pioneering anti-apartheid activists

An necessary testimonial of the excesses of the apartheid approach, 117 Days offers the harrowing chronicle of journalist Ruth Firsts isolation and abuse by the hands of South African interrogators after her arrest in 1963. Upon her arrest, she used to be detained in solitary confinement lower than South Africas infamous ninety-day detention legislations. this is often the tale of the conflict of nerves that ensued among First and her certain department captorsa paintings that is still a vintage portrait of oppression and the respect of the human spirit.

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2 It made the second, but not the last, major rent in the fabric of the University of California in the postwar period. The first was the series of conflicts that became public beginning in October 1948 when the Public Administration Service (PAS) study of the future university governance struc- 29 . The Loyalty Oath Controversy ture was completed (see Academic Triumphs, chapter 4). And the two issues came to be related. An Outline of Events George R. Stewart of the English department at Berkeley wrote in The Year of the Oath, “In that year [1949–50] we went to oath meetings, and talked oath, and thought oath.

Teaching hours were being reduced by one half. There were many more teaching assistants to deal with introductory classes, freeing faculty time. ” Faculty members flew around the nation and the world to conferences and consultations. ” 21 . Politicizing the Ivory Tower Social life was much diminished, in part because spouses now had their own jobs and sets of friends. Fewer faculty members lived within walking distance of campus or of their colleagues. Living near the attractions of the campus had become more expensive.

There were also other periods of human liberation, such as the rise of Christianity within the Roman Empire, peasant revolts in England in the fourteenth century, the Reformation, the events of 1848 in Europe, the antislavery movement and the attempt to secure the vote for women in the nineteenth-century United States, and the ascension of trade union movements. But nothing was so worldwide and so pervasive as the ferment after World War II. Its central theme was the empowerment of individuals and of suppressed groups against external domination by other individuals and groups, as well as against constraining customs and beliefs.

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