EXTRACT | “It was a call to arms” – Dear Comrade President by André Odendaal

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Dear Comrade President: Oliver Tambo and the Foundations of the South African Constitution by André Odendaal (with editorial contributions from Albie Sachs).

BOOK: Dear Comrade President: Oliver Tambo and the Foundations of the South African Constitution by André Odendaal (with editorial contributions from Albie Sachs).

Drawing on the personal archives of the participants, Dear Comrade President, explains how the first deliberate steps were taken in the drafting of the Constitution of South Africa. Why and how did this process take place? What were the first written words? When and where were they put on paper? By who? What values ​​did they espouse? And how did the work of the committee fit into the larger struggle? This book answers these questions in new and groundbreaking ways. André Odendaal is Writer-in-Residence and Honorary Professor of History and Heritage Studies at the University of the Western Cape. His dozen books include The Founders: The Origins of the African National Congress and the Struggle for Democracy (2012); Pitch Battles: Sport, Racism and Resistance (2020), co-written with Peter Hain; and Robben Island Rainbow Dreams (2021), co-edited, on the creation of South Africa’s first democratic heritage institution.

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