Elizabeth Mafeking was a titanic figure in the history of resistance to Apartheid in South Africa, a mother of 11 who travelled to Bulgaria to publicize the evils of racial segregation, before escaping into exile from a banning order that would have separated her from her home and family. Radical Antiapartheid Internationalism and Exile: The Life of Elizabeth Mafeking analyses Mafeking’s life, and the union work that cost the activist her family and home, leading to 32 desperate years in self-imposed exile. The book simultaneously sheds light on one of the many ways in which the protests of women of African descent evolved from localized issues of race-based discrimination to international, anti-colonial struggles in the mid-twentieth century.
Table of Contents
List of figures Acknowledgements Map Where is Mrs. Mafeking? Chapter One. Unbridled Insinuation and Unproven Charges: Banning and the Anatomy of Exile Chapter Two. Unlikely Alliances: Practical Women and Radical Politics Chapter Three. "God Made Liz Abrahams": Family, Community, and Leaving Everything Behind Chapter Four. A Dangerous Embarrassment: The Refugee Problem in Basutoland Chapter Five. "One day we are going home": Survival, Identity, and the Return of Elizabeth Mafeking Conclusion. Epilogue. Lala kahle, Qhawe la maQhawe Appendix. The Children of Elizabeth Mafeking Index
Holly Y. McGee is an intellectual historian of black women and social movements in South Africa and the United States who specializes in oral histories, the radical transatlantic, comparative civil rights politics, and local histories of the American South. She is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati.