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The Aborigines' Protection Society as an imperial knowledge network: the writing and representation of black South African letters to the APS, 1879-1888

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dc.contributor.author Reid, Darren
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-28T23:21:51Z
dc.date.copyright 2020 en_US
dc.date.issued 2020-06-28
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/11888
dc.description.abstract This thesis presents a case study of letters written by black South Africans to the Aborigines' Protection Society (APS) between 1879-1888. Recognizing that previous histories of the APS have been based primarily on British correspondence, this thesis contends that including these marginalized black letters is crucial if historians are to develop a nuanced understanding of the APS in particular, and of British imperialism in general. By placing these letters within a framework of imperial knowledge networks, this thesis traces how the messages and voices of black South African correspondents traveled in letter form to England and then were disseminated in published form by the APS. This thesis demonstrates how correspondents used writing to the APS as a tool of anti-colonial resistance, as well as how the APS used their positionality to censor and control the voices of its correspondents. Emphasizing the entanglement of correspondents' resistance and adaptation with the APS's imperialist mission, this thesis presents its case study as a window into the negotiated and unstable natures of British imperialism. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject South African history en_US
dc.subject British imperial history en_US
dc.subject Aborigines Protection Society en_US
dc.subject knowledge circulation en_US
dc.subject colonial resistance en_US
dc.subject Imperial knowledge en_US
dc.title The Aborigines' Protection Society as an imperial knowledge network: the writing and representation of black South African letters to the APS, 1879-1888 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Vibert, Elizabeth
dc.degree.department Department of History en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.embargo 2021-04-06


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