Ralph Bunche

Ralph Bunche, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950, traveled to South Africa for three months in 1937. His notes, which have been skillfully compiled and annotated by historian Robert Edgar, provide unique insights on a segregated society.

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An African American in South Africa · The Travel Notes of Ralph J. Bunche 28 September 1937–1 January 1938
By Ralph Bunche · Edited by Robert R. Edgar

Ralph Bunche, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950, traveled to South Africa for three months in 1937. His notes, which have been skillfully compiled and annotated by historian Robert R. Edgar, provide unique insights on a segregated society.

“A firsthand account of South Africa as experienced by a black American in the 1930s in itself merits interest. But it becomes even more important when written by such a key figure in 20th-century history as Bunche.… This fascinating, well-edited work belongs in all collections on the history of South Africa or African Americans.”

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