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How Segregation and Apartheid Came to a South African Town
Jeffrey Butler. Edited by Richard Elphick and Jeannette Hopkins

BUY Cloth · 256 pp. · 6 × 9 · ISBN 9780813940588 · $39.50 · Dec 2017
BUY Ebook · 256 pp. · ISBN 9780813940595 · $39.50 · Dec 2017

Cradock, the product of more than twenty years of research by Jeffrey Butler, is a vivid history of a middle-sized South African town in the years when segregation gradually emerged, preceding the rapid and rigorous implementation of apartheid. Although Butler was born and raised in Cradock, he avoids sentimentality and offers an ambitious treatment of the racial themes that dominate recent South African history through the details of one emblematic community. Augmenting the obvious political narrative, Cradock examines poor infrastructural conditions that typify a grossly unequal system of racial segregation but otherwise neglected in the region’s historiography. Butler shows, with the richness that only a local study could provide, how the lives of blacks, whites, and mixed-race coloreds were affected by the bitter transition from segregation before 1948 to apartheid thereafter.


"A fine microstudy of South Africa’s transition from segregation to apartheid, this detailed case study of what happened in one small town throws important light on the trajectory of the country as a whole."

Chris Saunders, University of Cape Town; author of The Making of the South African Past: Historians on Race and Class

About the Author: 

The late Jeffrey Butler, Professor of History Emeritus at Wesleyan University and esteemed historian of southern Africa, was the author of The Liberal Party and the Jameson Raid. Richard Elphick is Professor of History at Wesleyan University. The late Jeannette Hopkins was Director of the Wesleyan University Press.

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