From Helpless Natives to Revolutionary Heroes: An Evolving Ethic of Solidarity

  • Jon Piccini
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements book series (PSHSM)


Moving from South Africa to Sydney, Victoria to Vietnam, the opening chapter explores how a series of anti-colonial and anti-racist struggles awoke a new Australian student movement in the early Sixties. An ethic of solidarity slowly developed during the Sixties, beginning with activism against Apartheid in 1960, for civil rights legislation in the USA during 1964 and culminating in a form of militant identification with Australia’s undeclared enemy in Vietnam during 1966–7. While these moments shared many similarities, the manner in which solidarity was articulated and practised transformed from the assisting of helpless natives to the supporting of revolutionary heroes—and laid the foundations for the many social movements that would flourish in later years.


Helpless Nature Labour Club Martin Place Monash National Liberation Front (NLF) 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jon Piccini
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  1. 1.University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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