How Far We Slaves Have Come!: South Africa and Cuba in Today's World / Edition 1

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Speaking together in Cuba in 1991, Mandela and Castro discuss the place in the history of Africa of Cuba and Angola's victory over the invading U.S.-backed South African army, and the resulting acceleration of the fight to bring down the racist apartheid system.

Preface by Mary-Alice Waters, 8-page photo section and other photos, notes, key dates, index. Now with enlarged type.

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Containing the speeches made by Castro and Mandela at a 1991 rally in Matanzas, Cuba, this volume catches both men at interesting points in their political careers. Castro would shortly be coping with Cuba's loss of crucial economic support after the collapse of the Soviet Union later in the year. Not long out of prison, Mandela was in the midst of negotiating an end to South Africa's apartheid government, and only a few years from becoming the country's first black president. In terms of substance, the speeches are both tributes to the Cuban people for their internationalist aid to the anti-apartheid struggle and to the vanguard role of the African National Congress and, at the distance of almost two decades, Mandela's speech has shown great staying power. (Annotation ©2010 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873487290
  • Publisher: Pathfinder Press GA
  • Publication date: 1/1/1991
  • Series: The Cuban Revolution in World Politics
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 91
  • Sales rank: 1,043,601
  • Product dimensions: 5.29 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2002

    the Cuban revolution and the overthrow of apartheid

    Speeches by Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro, given in Cuba in 1991, discuss the role that Cuba played in the movement against apartheid. Mandela gives tribute, not only to Cuba?s military action, in defending Angola from South African invasion, but also its example of successful resistance to the oppressors. Castro, for his part, hails the contribution the South African people made to the worldwide fight for justice, and his growing confidence in the capacities of the exploited.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2002

    Hidden piece of Southern African history

    Did you know that Cuba played a crucial role in the successful battle to end racist apartheid in South Africa? Probably not. In the United States, this is a non-fact. How Far We Slaves Have Come breaks the curtain of silence about these dramatic events. And it does so in the words of two of the principal figures involved -- Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro. They describe how combined Cuban and Angolan military forces defeated the South African army, which had invaded Angola, at the battle of Cuito Cuanavale. An army of Blacks and mestizos crushing the army of South Africa -- the supposed all-powerful bastion of white supremacy? This was not supposed to happen! Coming after years of resistance and struggle by Blacks in South Africa, their defeat at Cuito Cuanavale demoralized the apartheid regime. As Nelson Mandela says in the book, ¿The defeat of the apartheid army was an inspiration to the struggling people inside South Africa! Without Cuito Cuanavale our organizations would not have been unbanned!¿Cuito Cuanavale has been a turning point in the struggle to free the continent and our country from the scourge of apartheid!¿ If you¿re interested in South Africa, Cuba, or just in history you¿re not supposed to know, you should read this book.

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