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Ray Alexander interview transcript - part 2

Theme: White Workers! On Which Side Are You?


Call Number: A01.04.1b
Identifier: AL2460_A01.04.1b
Title: Ray Alexander interview transcript - part 2
Subject: Food and Canning Workers Union;
Julie Frederikse
Non-racialism;
Ray Alexander;
Ray Simons;
The Unbreakable Thread
Description: This is part two of the transcript of an interview with Ray Alexander, conducted by Julie Frederikse for her book 'The Unbreakable Thread: non-racialism in South Africa', published by Ravan Press, 1990. Ray Alexander helped found the Food and Canning Workers Union in 1941, and was elected to represent Africans in parliament in 1954, but the government passed a law to prevent her from taking her seat. She also served as the first FedSAW national secretary. In 1964 government bannings forced her into exile in Zambia, where she worked for SACTU, the ANC and the SACP. Alexander and her husband became the first exiles to return home after the unbanning of the ANC and SACP. Born: 1914 in Varkliam, Latvia. Died: September 2004. Interviewed: 1986 in Harare, Zimbabwe, and in 1987 in Lusaka, Zambia. Included in the SAHA online repository 'Tracing the unbreakable thread: non-racialism in South Africa today'
Creator: Interviewer: Julie Frederikse; interviewee: Ray Alexander
Type: Transcript
Format: Access copy - PDF
Preservation copy - Tiff
Source: SAHA collection AL2460
Language: English
Coverage: South Africa
Rights: Julie Frederikse
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