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Apartheid

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segregated facilities

segregated restroom facilities for "Blacks, Coloured and Asians" from the mid 1980s

In 1948 an Afrikaner government came into power. The system of segregation known as apartheid (separation) formalized and made more rigid the racial barriers in South Africa. The government's policy aimed at complete social, economic and political separation of the races, while ensuring white supremacy.

passbook

The Pass Laws required a pass of nonwhite South Africans when out of their segregated areas.

 

Blacks were required to carry a pass when outside of the reserves. The pass laws became a focus of protests as resistance to apartheid mounted.


This is part of the Bitter Union: The Story of South Africa Exhibit

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