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Different White People
Author: Deborah Wilson

ISBN: 9781742586656
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 1 July 2015
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.24
The division between the right- and left-wing camps of the Cold War era is seemingly straightforward. Yet, local histories reveal deeply complex relationships between political and social groups that do not divide into easy alliances. Different White People is the story of one such relationship. Divided into three intimate narratives, historian Deborah Wilson traces the connections between Aborigines and left wing (usually communist) activists between 1946 and 1975. Following the campaigns from sheep stations, through deserts, to cattle stations, Wilson examines how the issues of such activism shifted as conflicts over worker and human rights were overwhelmed by modern battleground disputes about land and compensation. This important work highlights left-wing collaboration within a much broader pressure group of activists and organizations throughout Australia, working to advance the rights of Aboriginal people. Union support for Aboriginal rights variously ebbed and flowed during the period under investigation, but communists maintained vigorous solidarity throughout. Left-wing activism during the campaigns manifested in many forms, including provision of industrial advoc...

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