Charles Templeman Loram

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Charles Templeman Loram was born in Pietermaritzburg in 1879. He studied at Cambridge and at Columbia University, where he completed a Ph.D. in 1917. His doctoral dissertation, published as The Education of the South African Native(1917), was long the standard work on me subject. Strongly influenced by the Tuskegee-Hampton Institute vogue in black American education, Loram helped to promote the concept of industrial education in Africa as a member of the Phelps-Stokes Commissions on education in South and East Africa in 1921 and 1924 - 1925. Loram's view of African development was gradualistic and paternalistic, and he exerted a conservative influence in liberal circles, for example, warning the Joint Councils against taking political positions and opposing the creation of a National Council after 1926. Compromise on this issue allowed Loram to cooperate with Rheinallt Jones and other Joint Council leaders in founding the Institute of Race Relations in 1929. Loram became its first chairman. In 1931 he left South Africa to become a professor of education at Yale University. He died in New York in 1940.

• Gerhart G.M and Karis T. (ed)(1977). From Protest to challenge: A documentary History of African Politics in South Africa: 1882-1964, Vol.4 Political Profiles 1882 ”“ 1964. Hoover Institution Pres: Stanford University.

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This article was produced for South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011