SOUTH AFRICA: Beards and Beatings

The period of pioneering in the U. S. was the Covered Wagon Era. Corresponding period in South Africa was the Great Trek. Last week in Pretoria, South Africa, the 100th Anniversary of the Great Trek was celebrated in a wild clash of nostalgic happiness and partisan bitterness.

"Boer" is the Dutch form of the English word "boor" in its original meaning—farmer. In the 1830s the Dutch farmers in South Africa decided they would rather live among Zulus and Basutos than live under the thumbs of greedy English traders. Accordingly they set out in...

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