Life in the Time of Sharpeville and Wayward Seeds of a New South Africa

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Kwela Books, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 106 pages
A journalist’s recollection of living in South Africa from 1955 to 1963, the book starts with the ratification of the Freedom Charter, covers the Sharpeville massacre, and ends with Nelson Mandela's life sentence. The focus is not on politics, but on the day-to-day experiences of citizens and on contemporary journalism, with emphasis on magazines and newspapers which catered to a black readership. Behind-the-scenes anecdotes are told including stories about a now legendary generation of black journalists—Nat Nakasa, Es’kia Mphahlele, Can Themba.

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Kliptown and the Freedom Charter
Tea with Robert Sobukwe
The Sharpeville massacre

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About the author (1995)

Humphrey Tyler was the only reporter in the crowd at Sharpeville on March 21, 1960 when the police killed 69 people and wounded 178. It was an event that charged history. His report has been called a 'masterpiece'. For several years he was the South African correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor. He lives in the hills outside of Durban, South Africa.

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