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A Marriage of Inconvenience By Michael Dutfield

A Marriage of Inconvenience
by Michael Dutfield

In 1948 a black tribal chief, Seretse Khama, married a white Englishwoman, Ruth. The marriage was a cause celebre and provoked persecution and harrassment from the British government. Now having access to Ministerial telegrams and Cabinet documents, the author tells the full story.
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A Marriage of Inconvenience: Persecution of Ruth and Seretse Khama by Michael Dutfield

In 1948, a young white English woman, Ruth Williams, made headline news all over the world. For she had met, fallen in love with and married Seretse Khama, an African prince and heir to the chieftainship of a tribe of more than 100,000 people - the Bamangwato. At first, the marriage was no more welcome in Africa than in government circles in Whitehall. Within a year of their wedding, the young couple had provoked an astonishing series of events that have never been explained. The British government was determined to prevent Seretse taking his rightful place at the head of his tribe. The Bamangwato, to their credit, accepted the marriage and welcomed Ruth as their queen. Attlee's Labour government embarked on what appeared to be a vendetta against them, robbing Seretse of his birthright and his people of their chief. In the process, Seretse and Ruth were forcibly separated while she awaited the birth of their first child. Now having access to Ministerial telegrams and Cabinet documents, the author tells the full story.

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GOR001955172
A Marriage of Inconvenience: Persecution of Ruth and Seretse Khama by Michael Dutfield
Michael Dutfield
Used - Very Good
Hardback
HarperCollins Publishers
1990-03-22
256
0044404956
9780044404958
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