South Africa

Freedom in Our Lifetime: South Africa’s Struggle

Freedom in Our Lifetime: South Africa's Struggle explores the dilemma faced by black South Africans in the early 1960s of how best to battle the racial discrimination imposed by the apartheid system. 

The curriculum addresses the development of apartheid, the responses to it, and the decision by some members of the anti-apartheid community to use violence to protest the government's policies. This question−whether the use of violence against an oppressive regime is justified−has been discussed at length in recent years, often without a clear answer. This unit will introduce students to one instance in which violence was used, and will allow them to consider that question in the South African case.

Introduction: A Negotiated Revolution

Part I: Precolonial and Colonial South Africa

Part II: Apartheid and its Opposition

June 1961: The Moment of Decision

Epilogue: Becoming South Africa

South Africa: Videos for Lessons

Featured Scholars

Dennis Davis photo
High Court of South Africa
William Freund photo
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Jeff Guy photo
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Fatima Meer photo
University of KwaZulu-Natal