SOME OF THE SUBJECTS
COVERED IN THE BOOK’S CHAPTERS
INDUSTRIOUS IMMIGRANT (1862 - 1890)
life in South Africa - Introduction
question of colour – The importance of skin pigmentation during Ginsberg’s time
in South Africa
Africa – Ginsberg’s family background and why he left Germany
Germans – Germans in Kaffraria. Why Ginsberg
chose to go to King Williams Town.
in King – Ginsberg works as a photographer in King Williams Town
striking business – Ginsberg establishes his match and other factories.
affairs – Ginsberg and his extended family in King Williams Town
COUNCILLOR AND MAYOR (1890 ONWARDS)
5 – On becoming a Town Councillor
issues – Firefighting and other civic matters in King Williams Town
– Ginsberg’s travels
– Town Council dealings with matters relating to non-European citizens
blind fleas –The bubonic plague in King Williams Town and its consequences
OF THE CAPE PARLIAMENT (1905-10)
Town – Ginsberg’s election to parliament: his manifesto and related matters
works – Ginsberg’s contributions to civic improvements in King Williams Town:
water, electricity, and more
– Ginsberg’s role in encouraging education in King Williams Town.
Jews – Ginsberg’s brief involvement with the Jewish Territorial Organisation
that tried to find a new homeland for Jews fleeing from Tsarist Russia.
in the dust – Diamond mining in South West Africa (now Namibia)
Member for King – Some of Ginsberg’s activities as a Member of the Cape
locations – A 1905 law to forcibly shift black people from one place to another.
Its consequences in King Williams Town.
of South Africa – Ginsberg and a debate about the proposed fate of the
non-European franchise after unification
OF THE CAPE PROVINCIAL COUNCIL (1910-27)
Cape Provincial Council – Ginsberg’s role in this body.
[1914-18] – Loss of contact between family in Germany and in King Williams
skittles, and music – Ginsberg’s recreations.
- a difficult year – The nationalists come to power. South Africa in an
economic mess. Finance of education under threat.
SENATE YEARS: FACING THE NATIONALISTS (1927-36)
sportsman – Election to the Senate
of State – A new national flag. Debating the new Native Administration Bill.
people – The Nationalists try to restrict the entry of Eastern European Jews to
Love Scenes – Film censorship
on many fronts – Combatting affronts to the rights of various peoples living in
and Customs – Financial matters of state
the Senate – Ginsberg’s activities when not debating in the Senate
and coupons – Ginsberg combats sales gimmicks
wild and otherwise – Of locusts, cacti, crawfish, and wild birds.
– International trade treaties
dawning of apartheid – The Native Trust and Land Bill and further suppression
FINAL YEAR (1936)
ideal Jewish immigrant – Death of Franz Ginsberg
mother of many – About Franz Ginsberg’s wife
Righteous Jew – summing up
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