Crossing the Line: A Year in the Land of Apartheid

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In 1980 a young white Californian landed a job teaching in a high school of "colored" students on the Cape Flats, outside Cape Town, in South Africa. So began William Finnegan's odyssey of discovery as he crossed the South African color line and encountered at first hand the daily nightmare of life under apartheid.

On the first day, Finnegan is put on the spot by a politically astute older student who asks "Sir" what exactly he is doing in South Africa, anyway. Some of his pupils amuse themselves by "playing the fool" with him, until Finnegan catches on the age-old games forced by South African blacks when dealing with whites. We feel affection for these children and are sympathetic when they join a boycott that grows into a massive protest against apartheid in education.

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'How does it happen that the main combatants in the struggle against the South African race state are children? In 'Crossing the Line' we have a powerful and responsible testimony illuminating that question and the others that flow from it. This may be the best book to give to an American trying for the first time to understand the agony of South Africa.' NORMAN RUSH, NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

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