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us: First, Ruth, 1925-1982


  • [journalist, editor]
  • URI(s)

  • Instance Of

  • Scheme Membership(s)

  • Collection Membership(s)

  • Variants

    • us: Slovo, Ruth First, 1925-1982
  • Additional Information

    • Birth Date

        (edtf) 1925-05-04
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 1982-08-17
    • Birth Place

        (naf) Johannesburg (South Africa)
    • Death Place

        (naf) Maputo (Mozambique)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) South Africa
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) Africa
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) University of the Witwatersrand
        • Organization: (naf) Communist Party of South Africa
        • Organization: (naf) South African Communist Party
        • Organization: (naf) Anti-apartheid Movement
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: Guardian (Newspaper)
        • Organization: Fighting Talk (Journal)
    • Gender

        female
    • Field of Activity

        Political activism
          Journalism
        • Occupation

            (lcsh) Journalists
              (lcsh) Lecturers
                (lcsh) Editors
            • Use For

            • Sources

              • found: Her South West Africa, 1963.
              • found: First, R. Ruth First, alle radici dell'apartheid, c1984: t.p. (Ruth First) p. 13 (b. 1925) p. 32 (d. 1982)
              • found: Ruth First, 1997: p. 3 (b. Heliose [sic] Ruth First)
              • found: O mineiro mo├žambicano, 1998: t.p. (Ruth First)
              • found: Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the war against apartheid, 2013: ECIP galley (b. May 4, 1925 in South Africa, parents immigrated from Latvia and Lithuania; grew up in Kensington (Johannesburg community); BA in social studies, Univ. of Witwatersrand, 1946)
              • found: Jewish Women's Archive website, Jewish women: a comprehensive historical encyclopedia, viewed Apr. 9, 2013 (Ruth First; killed by a letter bomb Aug. 17, 1982 in her office at Eduardo Mondlane Univ., Maputo, Mozambique)
              • found: The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought, accessed December 23, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (First, Ruth; born Heloise Ruth First, print journalist, antiapartheid activist; born 1925 in Johannesburg, South Africa; her views were influenced by her radical communist Jewish parents who had been cofounders of the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA); attended the University of the Witwatersrand (1942-1946); was a member of the Federation of Progressive Students and Young Communist League; joined the CPSA; although the CPSA was banned in 1950, she joined Joe Slovo, whom she had married in 1949, in the radical Johannesburg Discussion Club and in the underground reconstitution of the CPSA in the form of the South African Communist Party (SACP); also was active in the Congress of Democrats that was in alliance with the African National Congress (ANC); edited the radical newspaper The Guardian and the radical pro-ANC theoretical journal, Fighting Talk; went into exile in England (1964); became active in the British Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM); lectured at Manchester and Durham universities; died 1982 in Maputo, Mozambique)
            • General Notes

              • [journalist, editor]
            • Editorial Notes

              • [Former heading: First, Ruth.] IEN
            • Change Notes

              • 1980-03-17: new
              • 2015-12-12: revised
            • Alternate Formats