What is "SOAP TO SENATE..." about?

Here is a list of the chapter titles along with a  VERY BRIEF ( and incomplete) summary of the contents of each chapter.

 

 


SOME OF THE SUBJECTS COVERED IN THE BOOK’S CHAPTERS

AN INDUSTRIOUS IMMIGRANT (1862 - 1890)

A life in South Africa - Introduction

A question of colour – The importance of skin pigmentation during Ginsberg’s time in South Africa

Before Africa – Ginsberg’s family background and why he left Germany

Amongst Germans – Germans in Kaffraria. Why Ginsberg chose to go to King Williams Town.

Shooting in King – Ginsberg works as a photographer in King Williams Town

A striking business – Ginsberg establishes his match and other factories.

Family affairs – Ginsberg and his extended family in King Williams Town

TOWN COUNCILLOR AND MAYOR (1890 ONWARDS)

Ward 5 – On becoming a Town Councillor

Burning issues – Firefighting and other civic matters in King Williams Town

Globe-trotter – Ginsberg’s travels

Natives – Town Council dealings with matters relating to non-European citizens

Colour blind fleas –The bubonic plague in King Williams Town and its consequences

MEMBER OF THE CAPE PARLIAMENT (1905-10)

Cape Town – Ginsberg’s election to parliament: his manifesto and related matters

Public works – Ginsberg’s contributions to civic improvements in King Williams Town: water, electricity, and more

Education – Ginsberg’s role in encouraging education in King Williams Town.

Persecuted Jews – Ginsberg’s brief involvement with the Jewish Territorial Organisation that tried to find a new homeland for Jews fleeing from Tsarist Russia.

Diamonds in the dust – Diamond mining in South West Africa (now Namibia)

The Member for King – Some of Ginsberg’s activities as a Member of the Cape Parliament

On locations – A 1905 law to forcibly shift black people from one place to another. Its consequences in King Williams Town.

Unification of South Africa – Ginsberg and a debate about the proposed fate of the non-European franchise after unification

MEMBER OF THE CAPE PROVINCIAL COUNCIL (1910-27)

The Cape Provincial Council – Ginsberg’s role in this body.

Wartime [1914-18] – Loss of contact between family in Germany and in King Williams Town.

Songs, skittles, and music – Ginsberg’s recreations.

1924 - a difficult year – The nationalists come to power. South Africa in an economic mess. Finance of education under threat.

THE SENATE YEARS: FACING THE NATIONALISTS (1927-36)

A sportsman – Election to the Senate

Matters of State – A new national flag. Debating the new Native Administration Bill.

Desirable people – The Nationalists try to restrict the entry of Eastern European Jews to South Africa.

Passionate Love Scenes – Film censorship

Attacks on many fronts – Combatting affronts to the rights of various peoples living in South Africa

Constitution and Customs – Financial matters of state

Outside the Senate – Ginsberg’s activities when not debating in the Senate

Compensation and coupons – Ginsberg combats sales gimmicks

Life: wild and otherwise – Of locusts, cacti, crawfish, and wild birds.

Trading – International trade treaties

The dawning of apartheid – The Native Trust and Land Bill and further suppression of non-Europeans

THE FINAL YEAR (1936)

An ideal Jewish immigrant – Death of Franz Ginsberg

The mother of many – About Franz Ginsberg’s wife

A Righteous Jew – summing up

 

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