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This chapter examines the political context of the 1930s and 1940s to the end of World War II and this period's impact on writing representing Aboriginality. Shoemaker looks at the roles of the Australian Aborigines Progressive Association (1924-1927), the Euralian Association of Western Australia (1934), the 1937 Aboriginal petition sent to the King on behalf of the Australian Aborigines League and, the most important group of the era, William Ferguson's Aborigines Progressive Asscoiation (APA) formed in 1934. Shoemaker argues that World War II was a crucial catalyst for policy change for Aboriginal Australians.

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    y separately published work icon Black Words, White Page : Aboriginal Literature 1929-1988 Adam Shoemaker , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1989 Z106800 1989 single work criticism (taught in 1 units)

    Shoemaker's primary concern is to look at the beginning of 'black people's' writing in Australia since the 1960s and focus on the nascent literary canon emerging through Aboriginal writing. Shoemaker moves the readership through non-Aboriginal authors such as Katharine Susannah Prichard (1929) and Xavier Herbert (1938) in a chapter entitled 'Popular Perceptions of Unpopular People to Progress and Frustrated Expectations: The Era Since 1961'. Where Aboriginal writing begins, for Shoemaker's purposes, is an area of literary production he describes as 'fourth world literature'.

    St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1989
    pg. 17-38
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