From the early days of grassroots resistance through to Charles Perkins' 1965 Freedom Ride, the 1967 Referendum, Canberra's Tent Embassy and beyond, Aborigines & Activism is the story of Australia's racial awakening - a time when Aborigines and their white supporters achieved paradigmatic shifts in the search for equality, justice and human dignity that still has powerful implications for 21st century Australia.
In a provocative reappraisal of the 1960s, Aborigines & Activism recontextualises the history of Aboriginal activism within wider international movements.
Concurrent to anti-war protests, women's movements, burgeoning civil rights activism in the United States and the struggles of South Africa's anti-apartheid freedom fighters, dramatic political changes took place in 'assimilated' Australia that challenged its status quo.
Shortlisted – 2009 APA Book Design Awards (The Best Designed Reference and Scholarly Book)
Praise for Aborigines & Activism:
The great strength of this terrific book is the way it captures the language and thinking of the time, transporting the reader back to the 1960s.LYNDALL RYAN, OVERLAND LITERARY JOURNAL
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