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dc.contributor.authorMouton, F. A.
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-15T08:40:46Z
dc.date.available2016-11-15T08:40:46Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.citationMouton, F. A. (2013). " A decent man, but not very popular": JGN Strauss, the United Party and the founding of the Apartheid state, 1950-1956. Journal for Contemporary History, 38(2), 1-20.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn0258-2422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn2415-0509 (online)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11660/4454
dc.description.abstractJGN Strauss, leader of the United Party and the official parliamentary opposition between 1950 and 1956, was a flawed politician. His aloofness and inability to suffer fools meant that he lacked the popular touch, making it impossible for him to gain popularity. And yet, he never lacked courage and integrity. He was appalled by the ruthlessness of the National Party, especially its disregard for the rule of law and the entrenched clauses in the constitution protecting the Coloured franchise on the common voters roll, in creating the apartheid state. Against the wishes of a significant section in his own party he confronted the NP on these issues. A palace revolution in November 1956 led to his removal as leader of the opposition. And yet, despite the humiliating end to his political career, and the subsequent perception that he was a failure, Strauss was a shrewd and able politician who under challenging circumstances profoundly influenced white parliamentary politics.en_ZA
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherFaculty of Humanities, University of the Free Stateen_ZA
dc.subjectJGN Straussen_ZA
dc.subjectUnited Partyen_ZA
dc.subjectColoured franchiseen_ZA
dc.subjectConstitutionen_ZA
dc.subjectNational Partyen_ZA
dc.subjectApartheiden_ZA
dc.subjectProgressivesen_ZA
dc.subjectSir De Villiers Graaffen_ZA
dc.title"A decent man, but not very popular": JGN Strauss, the United Party and the founding of the Apartheid state, 1950-1956en_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's version
dc.rights.holderFaculty of the Humanities, University of the Free State


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