Freedom in Our Lifetime: South Africa's Struggle explores the history of South Africa and the development of a race-based society, the effects of apartheid on individuals and society, and the decision by some members of the anti-apartheid community to use violence to oppose the government's policies.
Online Resources from the Choices Program
Maps of South Africa
Includes maps of South Africa today and Basutoland in the nineteenth century.
Scholars Online Videos
Bring university scholars into your classrooms with video featuring top scholars answering specific question in his or her field of expertise.
Fighting Against Apartheid: The Activism of Fatima Meer
In this lesson students examine the ways in which one activist worked to achieve justice and equality in South Africa.
The African National Congress
This site provides archival documents, photographs, chronologies, and historical analyses.
Animated Atlas of African History
This interactive web atlas chronicles the course of colonization and decolonization, and post-colonial developments in Africa between 1879 and 2002. Economic and demographic changes are also covered.
South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy
This site provides firsthand accounts of the struggle against apartheid, and includes video, documents, photographs, and interviews as well as historical background and resources for teachers.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission
This site has links to transcripts of TRC testimony and amnesty decisions as well as links to other helpful sites.
This educational site of the Apartheid Museum provides resources and lesson plans for teachers.
Beinart, William. Twentieth-Century South Africa (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001). 292 pages.
Carter, Gwendolen and Karis, Thomas, editors. From Protest to Challenge: A Documentary History of African Politics in South Africa, 1882-1964 (Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press, 1977). Volume III: 825 pages.
Lodge, Tom. Black Politics in South Africa Since 1945 (New York: Longman, 1983). 389 pages.
Omer-Cooper, J.D. History of Southern Africa (London: James Currey Publishers, 1994). 291 pages.
Waldmeir, Patti. Anatomy of a Miracle: The End of Apartheid and the Birth of the New South Africa (New York: W.W. Norton, 1997). 303 pages.
Worden, Nigel. The Making of Modern South Africa (Cambridge: Blackwell Publishers, 1996). 171 pages.