Interview with Ed Steinhart

by Ed Steinhart (Interviewee), Erik Ponder (Interviewer)
East Lansing, Michigan, United States
October 14, 2018
Duration: 1:55:19
Interview with scholar and activist Ed Steinhart (in Norfolk, Virginia) by Erik Ponder (in East Lansing, Michigan) of Michigan State University (MSU) Libraries. Steinhart discusses his upbringing, the Bronx, anti-apartheid work, Martin Legassick, UCLA (University of California Los Angeles), public school, academic life, college, Marxist thinking, the City College of New York (CCNY), working class families, ban the bomb marches, left-wing politics, Sharpeville, graduate school, African history, expatriates from Europe, African studies, World War II, the OSS (Office of Strategic Services), the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), graduate school, labor, trade union activist, District 65, the CIO (Congress of Industrial Organizations), New York City, the Los Angeles South African Consulate, Leonard Thompson, progressive causes, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, scholar, politics, a picket line in front of the Embassy, Dennis Brutus, a demonstration at the South African UN (United Nations) mission, Cape Town, Northwestern University, apartheid in sports, whites only teams, international competition, the World Cup, tennis, Tony Ngubo (Anthony Ngubo), Ben Magubane (Bernard Magubane), Zambian Siteke Mwale, divestment, Ford Motor Company, an auto assembly plant in the border area of the Transkei, Franklin Murphy, investment, a student movement, debate, the South Africa Foundation, a speakers bureau, Mary Benson, Gwendolen Carter, language, Swahili, East Africa, John Rowe, South Africa politics, Afrikaner historian F. A. van Jaarsveld, West African historian Ivor Wilks, the University of Texas, Bernth Lindfors (Ben Lindfors), profit, African literature, SDS (Students for a Democratic Society), the Vietnam war, disinvestment, the University of Chicago, the Southern Africa Liberation Action Committee, Celia Nyamweru, the Soweto Uprising, Shanty demonstrations, the American Committee on Africa (ACOA), George Houser (George M. Houser), black students, the University of Nairobi, Ian Smith, Rhodesia, the Labor Prime Minister Harold Wilson, the H.M.S. Tiger, UDI (Unilateral Declaration of Independence), Kampala, the British Embassy, the U.S. Embassy, the Durban strikes, the mine strikes, the University of Zambia, the ANC (African National Congress), raids by South African forces, sanctions, the black trade union movement, FOSATU (Federation of South African Trade Unions), SACTU (South African Congress of Trade Unions), the South African Communist Party (SACP), Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia police, Turfloop (University of the North), the Black Consciousness Movement, the Institute of Race Relations, Wits (University of the Witwatersrand), UCT (University of Cape Town), repression, John Saul, Basil Davidson, Paula Ensor, Grahamstown, David Hemson, internal anti-apartheid activities, Eduardo Mondlane, Texas Tech University, African liberation movements, Lubbock, a clothing drive, FRELIMO, churches, Unitarian Universalists, Richard Lee, the Toronto Committee for the Liberation of Southern Africa (TCSLAC), Stephanie Urdang, Portuguese territories, Paul Puritt, CFL (Canadian Federation of Labor), a police spy, RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), the University of the Western Cape, Nelson Mandela, Rice University, Tanzania, University of Houston, Dr. Nthato Motlana, Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika, Cyril Ramaphosa, Thabo Mbeki, Govan Mbeki, Jacob Zuma, Kenyatta University in Nairobi. and the Marikana massacre.

Used by permission of Ed Steinhart and Erik Ponder.