No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000

Edited by William Minter,
Gail Hovey, and Charles Cobb Jr.
Published by Africa World Press.

No Easy Victories

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King Solomon's Mines Revisited

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Southern Africa Report (Canada), 1985-1995

At Issue Ezine (Canada), 2006-2015

At Issue Focus (Canada), 2003-2006

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"We were part of a worldwide movement that continues today to redress the economic and social injustices that kill body, mind, and spirit. No Easy Victories makes clear that our lives and fortunes around the globe are indeed linked." - Nelson Mandela

Hundreds of thousands of Americans mobilized to oppose apartheid in the 1980s. That successful movement built on decades of behind-the-scenes links between African liberation movements and American activists, both black and white. No Easy Victories draws on the voices of activists of several generations to explore this largely untold history. Today Africa and the world face global injustices as deadly as apartheid. Understanding this history of solidarity is essential for finding new paths to a future of equal human rights for all.

Summary Table of Contents
Front matter, including activist voices
Foreword by Nelson Mandela
Chapter 1: An Unfinished Journey | William Minter
Chapter 2: The 1950s | Lisa Brock
Chapter 3: The 1960s | Mimi Edmunds
Chapter 4: The 1970s | Joseph F. Jordan
Chapter 5: The 1980s | David Goodman
Chapter 6: The 1990s | Walter Turner
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No Easy Victories: USA in 2017

Note from website editor Bill Minter, January 2017: This website was originally set up in 2007, in conjunction with publication of the book No Easy Victories, which I co-edited. Although I have added other historical material over the past decade, the site has not previously included material on more current issues, and my principal publication efforts have been and continue to be through AfricaFocus Bulletin, where those interested can find a full archive of that publication and its predecessors, from 1995 and continuing this year.

While a full update or redesign of this site is far beyond the capacity of my time and energy at this time, I am now using it also as an outlet for another "work-in-progress" which I began after the November 2016 presidential election. Like AfricaFocus, it rarely features new original writing, which I still hope to be able to do occasionally, but rather aims to give greater visibility to resources that I find useful and think that others might be find useful.

This project is a regularly updated database of carefully selected articles, books, and working papers relevant to the debate on "explaining" the Trump election victory.

For an introduction to the full database and 22 "intersecting explanations," See Trump Election Win: Intersecting Explanations.

And for sources on one of the best documented but less discussed factors, with significant implications of progressive strategy in 2017 and 2018, visit

Publication Details

William Minter, Gail Hovey, and Charles Cobb Jr, eds. No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2007. 8.5" x 11" large format. 120 photographs. References. Index. xvii+247 pages. $29.95 list price. ISBN: 1592215750.

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William Minter taught at the secondary school of the Mozambique Liberation Front in 1966-68 and 1974-76. An independent scholar and activist, he is the author of Apartheidís Contras and other books.

Gail Hovey was among the founders of Southern Africa magazine in 1964 and worked in South Africa in 1966-67. She served as research director for the American Committee on Africa/The Africa Fund, as managing editor of Christianity and Crisis, and as executive director of Grassroots International.

Charles Cobb Jr., senior correspondent for, was a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Mississippi in 1962-67. His books include Radical Equations (with Robert Moses) and On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour to the Civil Rights Trail.

This page is part of the No Easy Victories website.