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The Triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation

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Sir Seretse Khama, the first President of Botswana and heir apparent to the kingship of the Bangwato people, brought independence and great prosperity to his nation after colonial rule. But for six long years from 1950, Seretse had been forced into exile in England, banned from his own country. His crime? To fall in love and marry a young, white English girl, Ruth Williams. Delving into newly released records, Susan Williams tells Seretse and Ruth's story - a shocking account of how the British Government conspired with apartheid South Africa to prevent the mixed-race royal couple returning home. But it is also an inspiring, triumphant tale of hope, courage and true love as with tenacity and great dignity Seretse and Ruth and the Bangwato people ovecome prejudice in their fight for justice.

Random House, Inc.
Sir Seretse Khama, the first President of Botswana and heir apparent to the kingship of the Bangwato people, brought independence and great prosperity to his nation after colonial rule. But for six long years from 1950, Seretse had been forced into exile in England, banned from his own country. His crime? To fall in love and marry a young, white English girl, Ruth Williams. Delving into newly released records, Susan Williams tells Seretse and Ruth's story - a shocking account of how the British Government conspired with apartheid South Africa to prevent the mixed-race royal couple returning home. But it is also an inspiring, triumphant tale of hope, courage and true love as with tenacity and great dignity Seretse and Ruth and the Bangwato people ovecome prejudice in their fight for justice.

Gardners
Sir Seretse Khama, the first President of Botswana and heir to the kingship of the Bangwato people, brought independence and prosperity to his nation after colonial rule. But for six long years from 1950, Seretse had been forced into exile in England, banned from his own country. His crime?

Independent Publishing Group
Sir Seretse Khama, the first President of Botswana and heir apparent to the kingship of the Bangwato people, brought independence and great prosperity to his nation after colonial rule. But for six long years from 1950, Seretse had been forced into exile in England, banned from his own country. His crime? To fall in love and marry a young, white English girl, Ruth Williams. Delving into newly released records, Susan Williams tells Seretse and Ruth's story—a shocking account of how the British Government conspired with apartheid South Africa to prevent the mixed-race royal couple returning home. But it is also an inspiring, triumphant tale of hope, courage, and true love as with tenacity and great dignity Seretse and Ruth and the Bangwato people overcome prejudice in their fight for justice.


Publisher: London : Penguin, 2007
ISBN: 9780141026138
0141026138
Characteristics: xxiii, 407 p. : ill., map, ports. ; 20 cm

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Liber_vermis
Apr 23, 2018

This biography starts slowly but moves rapidly after Seretse Khama and his wife Ruth are banished to England for five years. The duplicity of the British government and colonial administrators contrasts with the peaceful civil disobedience of the Bangwato people to regain their chief. This biography is complimented by about 20 black and white photographs; end notes on sources; a lengthy bibliography; and an index.

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jo_towler
Jan 25, 2018

This account of history in my own lifetime has opened my eyes to the dishonesty of some civil servants and politicians and their racial prejudices in regard to Africa and the British colonies. The white races owe a huge debt to African people.

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Liber_vermis
Apr 23, 2018

In the decade after the Second World War, the Soviet Union detonated an atomic bomb to initiate the Arms Race and the Cold War. This race depended on uranium - and a major source for the British nuclear arsenal was white ruled South Africa. When the heir to a Chieftancy in British-administered Bechuanaland (later Botswana) married a white English woman, the South African government feared domestic civil unrest. Their pressure on the British government resulted in the banishment of Seretse Khama to England for five years. This meticulous biography reveals the broad-based efforts to seek Khama's restoration to his homeland. It is a powerful story of racial discrimination, colonial exploitation, and political duplicity - and in the end of deep and abiding love between a black man and a white woman.

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