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1st Edition

The Struggle for Aboriginal Rights
A documentary history

Edited By

Bain Attwood

ISBN 9781864485844
Published May 1, 1999 by Routledge
844 Pages

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Book Description

The Struggle for Aboriginal Rights is the first book of its kind. Not only does it tell the history of the political struggle for Aboriginal rights in all parts of Australia; it does so almost entirely through a selection of historical documents created by the Aboriginal campaigners themselves, many of which have never been published. It presents Aboriginal perspectives of their dispossession and their long and continuing fight to overcome this.

In charting the story of Aboriginal political activity from its beginnings on Flinders Island in the 1830s to the fight over native title today, this book aims to help Australians better understand both the continuities and the changes in Aboriginal politics over the last 150 years: in the leadership of the Aboriginal political struggle, the objectives of these campaigners for rights for Aborigines, their aspirations, the sources of their programmes for change, their methods of protest, and the outcomes of their protest.

Through the words of Aboriginal activists, across 150 years, The Struggle for Aboriginal Rights charts the relationship between political involvement and Aboriginal identity.

Table of Contents






PART 1 - The Nineteenth Century

PART 2 - 1920s-1950s

PART 3 - 1950s-1970s



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Bain Attwood and Andrew Markus teach history at Monash University. They have been researching in the field of Aboriginal history for a combined forty years.