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A shaky foundation

by
August 2005, no. 273

Seeking Racial Justice: An insider’s memoir of the movement for aboriginal advancement, 1938–1978 by Jack Horner

Aboriginal Studies Press, $34.95 pb, 237 pp

Book 2 Cover Small (400 x 600)

Black and White Together: FCAATSI: The Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders 1958–1973 by Sue Taffe

UQP, $24.95 pb, 408 pp

A shaky foundation

by
August 2005, no. 273

The Federal Council for the Advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI) was a national organisation that existed, in one form or another, from 1958 to 1978. For the main part, it drew its members from a network of both black and white groups, from active citizens and from those who wanted to be counted as such.

Two recent books examine the impact and legacy of this organisation. Black and White Together, by Sue Taffe, provides a detailed overview of the organisation from an historian’s perspective, while Seeking Racial Justice is an ‘insider’s memoir’, written by one of its non-indigenous members, Jack Horner. Both books tell this story in the context of the political shift from segregation to assimilation policies (1938–61), from assimilation to integration (1959–67), and from integration to self-determination (1968–78).

Matthew Lamb reviews ‘Seeking Racial Justice’ by Jack Horner and ‘Black and White Together’ by Sue Taffe

Seeking Racial Justice: An insider’s memoir of the movement for aboriginal advancement, 1938–1978

by Jack Horner

Aboriginal Studies Press, $34.95 pb, 237 pp

Book 2 Cover Small (400 x 600)

Black and White Together: FCAATSI: The Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders 1958–1973

by Sue Taffe

UQP, $24.95 pb, 408 pp

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