TIMELINE: 1950s Liberation Theology Writings and Relevant Works

1950

Global:

  • Pope Pius XII’s encyclical Humani Generis

Europe:

  • Vladimir Lenin, Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House
  • Frantz Fanon, Peau noire, masques blancs, Paris

1951

1952

1953

1954

1955

1956

Americas:

  • Ivan Illich, Puerto Ricans: Not Foreigners, Yet Foreign in Commonweal: “From 1951 to 1956 I lived as a priest in Incarnation Parish on the West Side of New York’s Manhattan. Puerto Ricans were then being crowded into the walk-ups between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway.”

Europe:

  • Jean-Yves Calvez, La pensée de Karl Marx, in Paris, republished in 1970

1957

Oceania:

  • Manslaughter documentary by WA MP Bill Grayden with Ps. Doug Nicholls, airs on Sydney and Melbourne television in May. “While many saw the film as proving Aboriginal poverty and suffering existed, others thought it was highly selective and misleading. Importantly, it did not present the views of the Yarnangu people about their own lives or about their being filmed in this way. Pam McGrath and David Brooks point out that Yarnagu both then and since have sought to stress their own angecy and choices rather than the film’s portrayal of them as victims of government neglect; many Yarnangu also see the film as a gross invasion of privacy. Nevertheless, the film was significant in mobilizing support for demands for Aboriginal rights, and played a role the formation of the Victorian Aborigines Advancement League and, indirectly, in the formation a year later of the Federal Council for Aboriginal Advancement.” [Curthoys, 1974-5, in Passionate Histories]
  • Victorian Aborigines Advancement League 1957, Analysis of Mr Rupert Murdoch’s article […], Melbourne: 2-3, as quoted in Attwood 2003: 150 […] on Manslaughter, film about Warburton atomic tests, cf. notes on 1960 by Curthoys.

1958

1959

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