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Apartheid: Global Perspectives, 1946-1996

from the Archives of the Central Intelligence Agency


What does it cover?

Quick Facts:

  • A uniquely international survey of the effects of apartheid on South Africa and the world.
  • A fully searchable digitized collection of primary source documents related to apartheid from the archives of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Overview:  Apartheid, the Afrikaans word for “apartness,” defined life in South Africa in the mid-20th century. As white colonists systematically stripped away the rights of Native Africans, the effects of their actions seeped through South Africa, reverberating throughout the continent and the world.

Content: This fully searchable digitized collection contains nearly 60,000 translated news broadcasts and publications, written by both the people who experienced apartheid and those around the world who watched, reacted to and analyzed it. For decades, a U.S. government organization that became part of the CIA monitored, collected and translated into English media from around the world, including television and radio broadcasts, periodicals, newspapers, government documents and more. The material in Apartheid: Global Perspectives, 1946-1996, traces the rise of apartheid, its effects on South Africa and the world, the defiance and revolutions that weakened it and its eventual collapse.