Apartheid not reality now


It took you 15 years to write this book. Let’s be mischievous and to the point: In fifteen words, what is this book about?

Take the Reverend Andy Jolley and his GP wife Ricky, who were faced with such a dilemma three years ago. With a joint income that could stretch to only one set of school fees, they had to decide which of their two children would most benefit from attending an independent school. 

Mandela has been an inspirational figure to people around the world—especially to proponents of racial justice and equality. In addition to being an icon of resistance and perseverance, Mandela was also a symbol of peace, having presided over the transition from apartheid to multiracial democracy and having pursued a plan of national reconciliation.
 
This exercise invites students to think about the history of apartheid in South Africa, the long struggle against it, and Nelson Mandela’s legacy as a leader in that struggle. The first reading provides an historical overview of the apartheid system, the origins of the African National Congress, and the freedom struggle against apartheid. This reading describes Mandela’s role as an anti-apartheid activist. The second reading examines the fall of apartheid in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the transition to multiracial democracy, and the opening of Nelson Mandela’s presidency—particularly his establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Questions for discussion follow each reading.
 
Following the readings, this lesson includes an extended research and critical thinking activity. Students are invited to do independent or group research on the Jim Crow system of segregation that long prevailed in the American South and to compare and contrast it with South African apartheid.


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