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By Ralph J. Bunche

Ralph Bunche, who bought the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950, traveled to South Africa for 3 months in 1937. His notes, that have been skillfully compiled and annotated via historian Robert R. Edgar, offer designated insights on a segregated society.

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Despite their attraction to Marxism, however, narrow Communist Party dogma put most of them off and the majority, including Bunche, did not become Party members. The group would meet on a weekly basisoften at Bunche's home on the Howard campusto debate and dissect topical national and international issues and articles appearing in magazines such as The New Republic, The Nation, and New Masses. Within this circle, the economist Abram Harris probably had the most influence in the shaping of Bunche's thinking.

And he was certain that he did not want to worship at the functionalist altar. "There's never been a primitive religion so demanding as 'Malinowskism' is here. But I ain't converted. "41 One area where Bunche sharply differed with Malinowski was over his belief that scholars could not reconstruct the history of pre-literate societies. Writing to Herskovits, Bunche recounted one seminar exchange where he deliberately drew Malinowski into discussing whether history had a useful function in uncovering African survivals among African Americans, an area that Herskovits had pioneered.

School scene (RJB) 124 20. Two men at court (RJB) 124 Eastern Cape 21. Roseberry T. Bokwe (Bantu World) 139 22. Z. K. Matthews (RJB) 140 23. D. D. T. Jabavu (RJB) 140 Page x 24. William Ballinger addressing Ciskei meeting (RJB) 141 25. Mrs. Ballinger sitting at Ciskei meeting (RJB) 142 26. Four Xhosa women (RJB) 142 Thaba 'Nchu/Mafeking 27. Dr. and Mrs. Moroka (standing to the right/Paul Mosaka kneeling (RJB) 157 28. Dr. and Mrs. Molema (RJB) 157 Johannesburg 29. Dr. Wulf Sachs and John (RJB) 220 30.

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