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African History Books

Films & Documentaries
Cry Freedom (1987) PG

film about anti-apartheid activist Steven Biko

The Power of One (1992) PG13

film based on a novel about apartheid

The Speeches of Nelson Mandela

video collection of the Mandela's speeches

Long Walk to Freedom
by Nelson Mandela

The story of the struggle against apartheid, told by the man who lived it and led it, Nelson Mandela 

Anatomy of a Miracle: The End of Apartheid and the birth of the New South Africa
by Patti Waldmeir

a highly readable account of the end of apartheid

A History of South Africa, Third Edition
by Leonard Thompson

an excellent resource particularly on the early history of South Africa, before the domination of Europeans

Cry the Beloved Country
by Alan Paton

the beautifully told and powerfully moving novel of life in the racial injust society of South Africa - the most well known South African novel, and justifiably so

No Future Without Forgiveness
by Desmond Tutu

Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and leader in the struggle against apartheid, Desmond Tutu gives account of his time as chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission



You may wish to visit HistoryWiz South Africa, Bitter Union: The Story of South Africa Exhibit, Africa, or African History Books