The Union Of South Africa

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To what extent was the Union of South Africa on 31 May 1910 an effort to combat Black political awareness?

Martin Simpenzwe
IB History 20
March 25, 2016

1. Identification and evaluation of sources
This investigation will thoroughly evaluate the political, economic and social effects on the natives of South Africa after its union in 1910 . To what extent was the Union of South Africa on 31 May 1910 an effort to combat Black political awareness? The most valuable sources that are going to be used to explore this are Nelson Mandela’s illustrated Long Walk to Freedom , and the article “The Union of South Africa” created by the South African History Online (SAHO).
The illustrated Long Walk to
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It reveals that the NP’s legislation at some point began attacking and oppressing all races apart from the Afrikaners themselves, but more importantly it was to assure themselves that figures like Nelson Mandela could not rise in power. For actions such as leaving the country without valid travel documents punishments were harsh. Nelson Mandela says “In apartheid South Africa, the penalties for these “crimes” could be as much as ten years in prison.” Therefore it effectively demonstrates how black political activists in South Africa felt by use of specific examples. On the contrary though because it emphasizes on Nelson Mandela’s view these weren’t necessarily the views of the people as a whole, and they don’t support whether the NP truly meant for these things to happen.

“The Union of South Africa”:
The source is by the SAHO a non-partisan history institution that deals with African History, and especially that of South Africa. In this article the focus is an objective representation of the Union of South Africa in 1910. It describes the time line of events leading up to the Union’s creation and effectively deals with how the blacks were treated and how they felt during certain events. In many cases they were forgotten and their voices were not heard but this article effectively voices their concerns. Therefore, it portrays how all black citizens felt in South Africa prior to and after the Union of Africa. It
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