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Empire, the National, and the Postcolonial, 1890-1920Resistance in Interaction$
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Elleke Boehmer

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184454

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184454.001.0001

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‘Able to Sing their Songs’: Solomon Plaatje's Many-Tongued Nationalism 1

‘Able to Sing their Songs’: Solomon Plaatje's Many-Tongued Nationalism 1

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Empire, the National, and the Postcolonial, 1890-1920
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ELLEKE BOEHMER

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184454.003.0004

This chapter observes how the over-determined nationalist energies of the black South African politician and writer Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje in the time extending from the Boer War to the aftermath of the First World War generated both a pan-nationalist identification with W. E. B. Du Bois's African America, and a silent borrowing from South African Indian, most notably Gandhian, strategies of passive resistance. It focuses on the nationalist's complexity of engagement with divergent political and cultural discourses, including Tswana oral tradition, Cape liberalism, Victorian ideals of colonial brotherhood, and suffragette and African women's protest.

Keywords:   Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, South Africa, Boer war, First World War, W. E. B. Du Bois, Ghandi, Tswana oral tradition, Cape liberalism, Victorian colonial brotherhood

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