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Ranger, Terence O.
This collective biography of Thompson Samkange and two of his sons, Sketchley and Stanlake, illuminates much of the history of African politics in colonial Zimbabwe. But for the Samkanges, the road to politics lay through religion, so this is a history of African involvement in Methodism as well. Thompson Samkange was born in 1893 at the time his land was being overwhelmed by white settlers from the south. Stanlake Samkange, professor of history and writer of historical novels, lived to see the achievement of Zimbabwe's independence in 1980. Terence Ranger has conjured a book of creative originality out of a range of sources. There was the unique archive of Thompson's papers in a tin trunk which had been defying rats and dampness in a laundry. The National Archives had an extraordinary body of evidence for the modern history of Methodism. Thompson Samkange was one of the founders of the African press and there is constant mention of him and his family in contemporary newspapers. When TRanger, Terence O. is the author of 'Are We Not Also Men? The Samkange Family & African Politics in Zimbabwe 1920-64' with ISBN 9780435089757 and ISBN 0435089757.