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Teacher and Comrade: Richard Dudley and the Fight for Democracy in South Africa


reviewed by Allison Drew — October 16, 2008

coverTitle: Teacher and Comrade: Richard Dudley and the Fight for Democracy in South Africa
Author(s): Alan Wieder
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791474305, Pages: 192, Year: 2008
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Aptly titled, this engaging biography of influential South African teacher-activist Richard Dudley draws on extensive interviews of Cape Town teachers. Born in 1924, a year marking the intensification of white supremacy in South Africa, Dudley grew up in an ethnically mixed neighbourhood – “his childhood included ‘white and black and speckled’” (p. 35) − only to see such enclaves progressively wiped out as apartheid penetrated all aspects of South African society. The South African state divided the population into arbitrary racial categories − African, Coloured, Indian and European. Classified as Coloured, Dudley spent his entire life in Cape Town and, remarkably, 46 years at Livingstone High School, first as a student, then as a teacher and acting principal. He became a driving force in the movement to use critical education to promote black empowerment and to fight apartheid. His importance lies in his impact on the intellectual and political formation of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 16, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15414, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 5:10:13 PM

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  • Allison Drew
    University of York, UK
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    ALLISON DREW teaches at the University of York, UK. She has published South Africa’s Radical Tradition: A Documentary History, 2 vols. (1996-97), Discordant Comrades: Identities and Loyalties on the South African Left (2000, 2002) and Between Empire and Revolution: A Life of Sidney Bunting, 1873-1936, (2007). She is working on a comparative study of Communism and nationalism in twentieth-century South Africa and Algeria.
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