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In 1948 - In1948, .Nowtheformer

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In 1948, Africa was composed almost entirely of colonies or protectorates of European countries.  South Africa was surrounded by countries ruled by relatively friendly Europeans. Now the former  colonies that have gained independence are ruled by their black majorities. After Paton wrote this book, he and hundreds of other South Africans who opposed the policies of  the government and who tried to change those policies by legal, democratic means were charged  with treason and often jailed. Newspapers were closed down, and many foreign writers, magazines,  books, and newspapers were banned from entering the country. Cry, the Beloved Country  is strongly influenced by the American novel  The Grapes of Wrath  by John  Steinbeck, published in 1939. Like  The Grapes of Wrath,  Paton's novel uses the language of the 
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  • Fall '09
  • staff
  • Beloved Country, social protest, Richard Henry Dana, Social Protest Novel, relatively friendly Europeans., countries.   South Africa

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