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Title:Agrarian Social Structure and Rural Class Relations: Class Struggle in the Orange Free State and the Transvaal, c. 1890-1920
Author:Murray, Martin J.
Year:1979
Periodical:Rural Africana
Issue:4-5
Period:Spring/Fall
Pages:83-96
Language:English
Geographic terms:Transvaal
South Africa
Orange Free State
Subjects:class relations
land law
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Ethnic and Race Relations
History and Exploration
Abstract:This historical account of tenants and settlers in South Africa reveals that the shortage of land did not rapidly or uniformly produce labor migration and the destruction of peasant production. The struggle of tenants to retain access to land was manifest at the turn of the century and is expressed today in the attempts of the South African government to eliminate 'black spots' on 'white land'. Sections: Introduction (combined and uneven capitalist development; structural limits to capitalist accumulation; agrarian social classes and the appropriation of surplus labor) - Capitalist development in agriculture: the transvaal and the Orange Free State (before the gold discoveries: 1870-1886: after gold discoveries: 1886-1920) - Class struggle in the countryside after the Anglo-Boer war (African sharecropping and petty commodity production; agrarian unrest in the Transvaal and Orange Free State) - The 1913 Natives Land Act: culmination of class contestation over land (sharecropping in the Orange Free State and the Transvaal). Ref., note.
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