Useful Links

The following are great websites covering the anti-apartheid era in South African history:

Apartheid Museum – website of the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa that is full of great resources on the history of the apartheid era

South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy – a Michigan State University site with a vast history of the apartheid era, including first-hand accounts, interviews, videos, images, and documents

African Activist Archive – a wealth of great resources including interviews, articles, and newsletters concerning activism in the United States to support the anti-apartheid movement from the 1950s through the 1990s

The Nelson Mandela Foundation – information and resources of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela

South African History Online – excellent South African website detailing the history of the country in great detail and with great resources

South African History Archive – South African human rights archive detailing the apartheid era in documents, images, and personal accounts in great detail

African National Congress (ANC) – website of South Africa’s ruling party and national liberation movement, including its history during the apartheid era

ANC Archives – excellent site full of rare images, videos, audio, and a great resource for everything about the anti-apartheid movement

Aluka – digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa, including a wealth of information on South African history

The Heart of Hope: South Africa’s Transition from Apartheid to Democracy – Acclaimed author Padraig O’Malley’s archival site on South Africa’s history

Mayibuye Archives – Coordinated by the University of the Western Cape, this is an amazing resource that includes images, documents, posters, videos, and music from the anti-apartheid movement

Traces of Truth – primary documents from the TRC hearings and investigations

Imam Abdullah Haron Foundation – site with photos and information about the Muslim anti-apartheid leader, Imam Abdullah Haron

History Channel’s History of South Africa – The History Channel’s site offers an overview of the history of South Africa, including images, maps, and information at a condensed level

African American Voices in Congress – A great site for teachers with specific lessons and activities for the classroom on the anti-apartheid movement, with a focus on the U.S. response

The King Center – A great digital archive of primary source letters about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his involvement in the anti-apartheid movement in the US and South Africa.  This collection of letters and speeches is a great way to see the connection between Dr. King and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa.

South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) website – South Africa’s official site on the TRC has resources on the hearings, videos from the hearings, and the history of apartheid

Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Videotape Collection – This Yale Law School collection has over 80 digital episodes of news broadcasts assembled by journalist Max Du Preez, covering the history and activities of the TRC.

Mandela: An Audio History – This radio series documents the struggle against apartheid through intimate first-person accounts of Nelson Mandela himself, as well as those who fought with him, and against him.  Recognized as one of the most comprehensive oral histories of apartheid ever broadcast, the series weaves together more than 50 first-person interviews with an unprecedented collection of rare archival recordings, some of which had never been heard before.

Digital Innovation South Africa (DISA) – DISA is a freely accessible online scholarly resource focusing on the socio-political history of South Africa, particularly the struggle for freedom during the period  from 1950 to the first democratic elections in 1994, providing a wealth of material on this fascinating period of the country’s history.

The Choices Program – Freedom in Our Lifetime: South Africa’s Struggle – The Choices Program, developed at Brown University, develops curriculum for teachers on historical international issues, stressing the importance of educating students in their participatory role as citizens.  This specific unit 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.

BBC Archive – Apartheid in South Africa – a great collection of documents, video and audio clips, and articles from the BBC’s archives

BBC Learning Zone Class Clips – Apartheid – a collection of over 40 short audio and video clips to use in the classroom with your students when covering the apartheid era in South Africa

BBC Tribute to Mandela – a site dedicated to the life of Nelson Mandela that includes dozens of stories and audiovisual clips from his life and influence

Nelson Mandela: Tribute to an Icon — this Mail & Guardian site has a timeline of the key events in Mandela’s life, as well as a multimedia section with audio and video clips, showing why Mandela is so revered not only in South Africa, but throughout the world


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