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Traces the origins of apartheid, the struggle against it, and the changes in South African society that brought about its end.
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Gr 7 Up--Like much of what is being published about South Africa, this title's look at history from the top down has serious limitations. It opens with mention of the 1994 elections and goes on to trace the background of apartheid and its recent official demise. As the book emphasizes political developments in the (until recently) white-dominated colony and state of South Africa, it is essentially accurate. But the story of the vast majority who were not allowed to participate in the political process except as objects of white decisions is barely seen. Bradley states that the 1948 election ``...finally pushed the black population into a form of active resistance.'' But where is the discussion of generations of resistance, from the 17th century through the national wars of the 18th and 19th centuries to the black labor unions of the 1920s? Only a sidebar quote implies how successful Africans were in competing with whites in farming and urban jobs, and that it was this threat that led to controlling their upward mobility through custom and law. The black-and-white and full-color photographs and reproductions are well chosen and captioned, but the two maps do not suffice to locate many of the places mentioned in the text. Themes about the African experience are much better treated in Jonathan Paton's The Land and People of South Africa (HarperCollins, 1990). That title, supplemented with periodical material on recent developments, will give young people a better understanding of what is going on in South Africa than the more up-to-date offerings that focus on the white political story.
Loretta Kreider Andrews, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD
Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Steck-Vaughn, 1995. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0817240551