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Nelson Mandela's Memoirs

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Memoirs, mostly from the 27 years he spent in prison, reveal the innermost thoughts of the international civil rights giant, whose movement brought down the apartheid regime of South Africa. Bob Simon reports.
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The program features the life of Nelson Mandela who was the leader of the ANC, the group that got rid of the Apatheid. The show focus on his time during his 27 year prison sentence and his career as president. It also takes an interesting look as to who he was a person not just the leader.

Nelson Mandela was the man who took South Africa out of the Apartheid times so he would have represented hope for July's people. He didn't, however, come up in the book but i felt he was relatable because of how big of an impact he made during the time of the story.

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* African National Congress Home Page *

Official web site of the African National Congress, the majority party in the South African Government
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Apartheid: The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics | Library of Economics and Liberty

Apartheid: The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics | Library of Economics and Liberty | July's People | Scoop.it
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This website gives an overview of the Apartheid including the lead up to it and the fall of it. What sets this website from most others is that it takes a very close look at the economic drives of it. Specifically how the white minority were able to enjoy one of the highest standard of life in the world while the black majority was forced to live in poverty.

This website gives you a very good background to the story. It allows you to understand how it was that the Smales were able to have such a comfortable lifestyle in contrast to the people of July's town. It also gives you insight as to what the forces were that perpetuated the circumstances.

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Apartheid's gone, but poverty remains

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The article is about where South Africa is coming from and what its current direction is. It starts off talking about what the apartheid actually was and how the government was able to segregate the majority blacks into poverty. Through Mandela's leadership, however, the oppressed were able to get many of their rights back. Unfortunately, the author points out the lack of progress in recent years due to the de facto apartheid still in place because of economic conditions.

The article relates to the book July's People because it gives a good idea as to what the future would hold for all the characters. For the white Smales family, life will probably go back to its former comfort if they get out of the current situation. As for the people of the tribe, they will get many more rights, but they will not get everything people are fighting for. And the ends of both the article and book run in parallel in terms of tone. They both have hope for the future, but understand the fight left to be fought for what they want.

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July's People

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July's People has 2,065 ratings and 149 reviews. K.D. said: This novel is my 95th book in my quest to read all the 1,021 individual books included in the...
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This book follows the white Smales family and their black sevant July. At the very beginning of the story a civil war breaks out in South Africa where the blacks are trying to repeal the Apartheid. In order to be safe, July takes the family to his home village where the Smales learn how blacks are treated. Throughout the rest of the story various incidents occur that allow the Smales to come to terms with how they have been treating July and all black people in general and they try their best to make up for all that they have done. 
      
 The overall theme of the story is racism. But that goes two ways. The 
 obvious one being that the Apartheid is bad. But the author also does a 
 good job of helping you understand how the white families would allow the Apartheid to continue. In general, the theme is what you would expect of a story about the Apartheid. 
      

I thought the book was very good. There were times that the plot was moving very slowly and some characters' actions seemed too unrational, but aside from those small complaints the books was good. The author made it easy to connect with the characters and the plot in general felt like it developed naturally. 

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Apartheid Returns to Haunt Country

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This article is about anti-immigrant riots where the South Africans blame foreigners for all of the economic problems. The author, however, places the root of these riots on lingering issues from the Apartheid. During the Apartheid, South Africa outsourced much of its labor which resulted in them becoming very rich but this left the surrounding countries worse off. As a result the citizens of the surrounding countries have been pouring into South Africa looking for work making the poor blacks jobless and upset.

This event happens after the events of July's people so it gives an interesting insight as to what awaits the characters after the book is over. Although on the surface South Africa appears to be much better off, incidents like this show that the country is still recovering. The source of this conflict also stems from the same place the book's did.

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The History of Apartheid in South Africa

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This website tells the story of the Apartheid and specifically how computers were used by the government to keep the people down. There wasn't anything major on the website about the Apartheid that isn't a common thing to find.

This relates to the story because it gives a solid background of the political situation of book. It lets you understand the cause of the war that sends the Smales through all of their problems. It also gives unique insight as to what part computers played when computers were just starting to be implemented.

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Apartheid's Legacy

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The article focuses on a recent incident at a South African platinum mine. There was a strike there that eventually turned violent resulting in some of the protesters dead. It seems unclear as to who is at fault for it turning violent but the government doesn't care. Going back to their pre-Apartheid ways they made the victims the ones at fault.

The revolt that took place at this platinum mine is similar to the riots that happened in July's people. The difference being that the ones that took place in the book were much larger in scale and eventually led a civil war. But the purpose of both are the same, to get more rights for the oppressed blacks. What's interesting about this story is that the Apartheid is over but they are still being oppressed by economic means.

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