US author launches biography on Slovo, First to Bay audience

Shaun Gillham

PROLIFIC American author, academic and apartheid researcher Alan Wieder launched his latest work, the first extended biography on freedom fighters Ruth First and Joe Slovo, at the latest edition of The Herald NMMU Community Dialogue, held at the Red Location Museum last night.

The launch of the book – entitled Ruth First and Joe Slovo in The War Against Apartheid – came as Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa and people around the world celebrated Mandela Day.

Wieder, an oral historian who lives in Portland, Oregon, has worked on oral histories of political resistance in apartheid South Africa since 1999. He spent more than 20 years on the faculty of the University of South Carolina and has also served on the faculties of the University of the Western Cape and Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

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