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Growing Resistance Meets Growing Repression

Investigate the resurgent wave of international and domestic anti-apartheid activism that led to increased violence before both sides compromised over a legal conclusion to apartheid.


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English — US


  • History
  • Social Studies


  • Democracy & Civic Engagement


About this Chapter

The 1970s and 1980s saw a resurgence of the anti-apartheid movement as national and international groups intensified pressure on the South African government. In this chapter, we follow the sequence of events that forced the National Party to cooperate with resistance leaders to legally end apartheid.

  • What strategies did the people and organizations working for black liberation in South Africa employ during the 1970s and 1980s?
  • How did international pressure and international support influence the choices made in South Africa?
  • How did the National Party government respond to both domestic and international pressure?

This chapter is from the Growing Resistance Meets Growing Repression section of Confronting Apartheid and includes:

  • 5 readings 
  • Connection Questions

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