William Cooper and the Australian Aborigines' League
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Thinking Black by Bain Attwood
Book DescriptionMost non-Indigenous Australians know of Charles Perkins. Many are familiar with a few other Aboriginal leaders. Yet few have heard of William Cooper, one of the most important Aboriginal leaders in Australia's history. "Thinking Black" tells the story of Cooper and the Australian Aborigines' League, and their campaign for Aboriginal people's rights. Through petitions to government, letters to other campaigners and organisations, and entreaties to friends and well-wishers, the book reveals their passionate struggle against dispossession and displacement, the denial of rights, and their fight to be citizens in their own country. Bain Attwood and Andrew Markus document the circumstances behind the most significant moments in Cooper's political career -- his famous 1933 petition to King George V, his call for a 'Day of Mourning' in 1938, the walk-off from Cummeragunja in 1939 and his opposition to an Aboriginal regiment in 1939. It explores the principles Cooper drew on in his campaigning, not least his 'Letter from an Educated Black', surely one of the most intriguing political testaments by an Australian leader. "Thinking Black" sheds new light on the history of what it has meant to be Aboriginal in modern Australia. It reveals the rich and varied cultural traditions, both Aboriginal and British, religious and secular, that have informed Aboriginal people's battle for justice, and their vision of equality in Australia of two peoples: equal yet distinct.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780855754594
(140mm x 215mm x 5mm)
Imprint: Aboriginal Studies Press
Publisher: Aboriginal Studies Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: Australia
Books By Author Bain Attwood
Possession, Hardback (June 2009)
Fascinating story of the only treaties ever made between white settlers and Aboriginal people in Australia. It contemplates why whites forged these agreements & how the Aboriginal people understood their terms, why the govt repudiated them & how the whites claimed to be the rightful owners. B Attwood, Monash University.
1967 Referendum, Paperback (May 2007)
On 27 May, 1967 a remarkable event occurred. An overwhelming majority of electors voted in a national referendum to amend clauses of the Australian Constitution concerning Aboriginal people. This title explores the legal and political significance of the referendum and the long struggle by black and white Australians for constitutional change.
Telling the Truth About Aboriginal History, Paperback (September 2005)
From one of Australia's leading Aboriginal historians, this book takes the reader to the heart of the - history war - over the Aboriginal past. It argues that controversy over interpretations of the Aboriginal past has never been so intense, and never mattered more.
Rights for Aboriginals, Paperback (July 2003)» View all books by Bain Attwood
'We cannot help but wonder why it has taken the white Australians just on 200 years to recognise us as a race of people' Bill Onus, 1967Aboriginal people were the original landowners in Australia, yet this was easily forgotten by Europeans settling this old continent.
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Author Biography - Bain Attwood
ain Attwood is Associate Professor of History in the School of Historical Studies, Monash University, and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, The Australian National University. Andrew Markus is Professor of Jewish Civilisation and Director of the Australian Centre for the Study of Jewish Civilisation, Monash University. They have both written extensively on Aboriginal history and Australian race relations.
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