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Discuss South Africa's apartheid policy of 1948.
How was it initiated? Provide historical information of the time from the passing of this policy until gaining independence in 1979.

One would assume, that since South Africa was a British colony and had a significant British presence, that it would have followed the same political course as most of England's colonies by embracing democracy and freedom. However, when England gained control of South Africa in 1806, part of the surrender of control involved an agreement by the British to continue to use and enforce the existing legislation that had been instituted by the Dutch. This resulted in a divergence between law in England and law in South Africa.

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Discuss South Africa's apartheid policy of 1948.
How was it initiated? Provide historical information of the time from the passing of this policy until gaining independence in 1979.

One would assume, that since South Africa was a British colony and had a significant British presence, that it would have followed the same political course as most of England's colonies by embracing democracy and freedom. However, when England gained control of South Africa in 1806, part of the surrender of control involved an agreement by the British to continue to use and enforce the existing legislation that had been instituted by the Dutch. This resulted in a divergence between law in England and law in South Africa.

The denial of citizenship, freedom, and basic human rights for Africans, Indians, and tribal people in South Africa continued from 1806 through the end of World War II without much opposition by whites. Blacks were segregated from whites in housing, education, business opportunities, and politics. They had separate beaches, bathrooms, sports, and medical care all of which were inferior to the facilities and services enjoyed by whites.

During World War II, the United Party led by whites began to move away from strict enforcement of segregation laws. In opposition to this, the majority parties produced "research" that showed that integration would result in a loss of identity for all races and encouraged continued segregation. The election of 1948 would prove to be either the turning point in allowing segregation or the "nail in ...

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This solution takes a look at attempts to build a new society in South Africa that is not plagued by inequality, stratification, prejudice and discrimination. OVer 950 words of original text along with links to websites with additional information for further research.

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