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Aborigines & Activism: Race, Aborigines and the Coming of the Sixties to Australia
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