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Apartheid

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Apartheid Coursework 1) What can you learn from source A about the National Party's policy of Apartheid? Source A shows that the national party's policy of apartheid aimed to maintain and protect the European population as a pure White race segregating the blacks. The national party intended to do this to prevent national suicide for the White race. Source A says the national party will safeguard the future of every race and then contradicts itself by saying 'the fundamental guiding principle of National Party policy is the preservation and safeguarding of the White race.' The party therefore undertakes to protect the White race properly and effectively against any policy or attack which might undermine or threaten its continued existence. The national party planned to isolate blacks in crammed reserves situated away from the white people along with schools and social services. They have their rights taken away, source A tells us 'Blacks in urban areas should be regarded as migrants not entitled to political or social rights.' Because they are not entitled to vote this means they have no say in what happens and have no choice but to do as the whites say. This would mean they would be forced into segregation forever, and being helpless and unable to do anything about it. Source A also shows they expected opposition, 'Churches and missions which oppose the policy of apartheid will not be tolerated.' This source tells us a lot about the national party's policy and their sole interest to become the supreme race. 2) ...read more.

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This source tells you how it is good not to spend money on education in the bantustans as it is not necessary for the children to learn advanced things and will not receive the qualifications, so there is no competition for the whites to get good jobs. Source H agrees with source E. This source is trying to show that within the bantustans are the things that would be bad for the white society. Both sources E and H state that the Bantu's consist of 'disease and poverty', also the aged and unfit, widows, women with dependent children and families who do not qualify for accommodation in European urban areas. Also the bantustans consist of people with professional jobs but are not regarded as essential as is shown in source D where it says 'people are sent when the cities have taken what they had to offer.' In conclusion sources F, H and E give a negative impression of the bantustans agreeing with source E. Source D however disagrees with source E and is showing how the bantustans are good and tricks people into believing so. 4) How useful are these sources in helping you understand the effects that apartheid had upon south Africans? Source D is not very useful in helping understand the effects of apartheid. It is part of a poem to the minister of native affairs, Dr Verwoerd, published in the native affairs magazine and distributed to all schools for free. ...read more.

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Source G is both unworkable and harmful to south Africans. This source shows the amount spent annually on school children whites having the most then coloured and asians and blacks receiving the smallest amount. This is harmful and unworkable as the blacks will receive less education and have less qualifications that the whites and therefore the whites will get all the best jobs, the coloured and asians in the middle and blacks having the worse jobs that no one else wants. Source H is harmful in the way which it moves the people unable to work either the elderly or disabled also including people not regarded as essential into the bantustans. These people are forced to leave their homes because they are not good enough to live with the whites in urban areas. This harms them by moving them to very poor conditions. Source I is unworkable as it humiliates the blacks by stripping away their freedom and making them carry pass books to go to a restricted area. They have to get permission to go there and therefore is unworkable as everyone entering or leaving a place has to be checked causing disruptions to everyday lives. Source J is harmful and unworkable because of the protests against apartheid people can get injured when they get out of control. It also shows the opposition towards the policy of apartheid. In conclusion all the sources in some way do support the views of source K that apartheid could never work and was harmful to south Africa. ...read more.

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