Are We Also Not Men?

The Samkange Family & African Politics in Zimbabwe, 1920-64

Terence O. Ranger



This collective biography of Thompson Samkange and two of his sons, Sketchley and Stanlake, illuminates much of the history of African politics in colonial Zimbabwe. But for the Samkanges, the road to politics lay through religion, so this is a history of African involvement in Methodism as well. Thompson Samkange was born in 1893 at the time his land was being overwhelmed by white settlers from the south.


[Ranger] helped to chart the course for the nascent discipline of African history in groundbreaking studies on the social history of Southern Rhodesia. - Paul W. Chilcote, Delaware


Terence O. Ranger was a prominent African historian, focusing on the history of Zimbabwe. His work spanned the pre- and post-Independence period in Zimbabwe, from the 1960s to the present. He died in 2015.