The Apartheid Of South Africa

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From 1948 to 1994, South Africa functioned under the policy of apartheid, a system of racial segregation and white supremacy in which nonwhite racial groups were deprived of their South African citizenship and forced to live separately from whites. Stripped of their rights and marginalized in a country where they were in fact the majority, nonwhites launched strikes and campaigns of passive resistance against the all-white South African government. One freedom fighter stood out amongst the rest: Nelson Mandela, an anti-apartheid revolutionary, who would stand with others at the forefront of the nonwhites’ fight for their rights. Presently, Mandela is regarded as an international hero in the struggle for black liberation who dedicated his life to the abolition of racial oppression in South Africa and to correcting the injustices of the apartheid, using his political power and moral authority over the people. Despite the controversy he faced and the sanctions placed against apartheid opposition, Mandela has managed to leave a legacy of harmony in South Africa today.
Although Mandela grew up before the apartheid policy was officially put into place, he was exposed to the grievances of the people at a young age. He was born in the village of Mvezo in Transkei, South Africa, on July 18, 1918. After the death of his father, his mother later relocated Mandela to the “Great Place” of Mqhekezweni, the capital of Thembuland, where Mandela would live under the guardianship of Chief

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