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An ordinary atrocity : Sharpeville and its massacre

Author: Philip H Frankel; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On 21 March 1960 police opened fire on members of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) protesting peacefully in the South African township of Sharpeville against apartheid's iniquitous 'pass laws'. Sixty-nine people died, many shot in the back. The shots fired that day in an obscure corner of South Africa reverberated around the world and Sharpeville became the symbol of the evil of the apartheid system." "This  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip H Frankel; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
ISBN: 0300091788 9780300091786 1868143651 9781868143658
OCLC Number: 47270170
Description: viii, 263 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : why Sharpeville? --
pt. 1. Ante: Sharpeville and early apartheid. Background --
pt. 2. The Massacre: The setting. Contesting the Vaal, the police and the PAC, 1959-60. Weekend, 18-20 March 1960. 21 March, Monday morning. Lunch and slaughter. Sociology of a massacre. Afternoon. Did Sharpeville have to happen? --
pt. 3. Towards democracy: Sharpeville 1960-1999. Aftermath.
Responsibility: Philip Frankel.

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"On 21 March 1960 police opened fire on members of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) protesting peacefully in the South African township of Sharpeville against apartheid's iniquitous 'pass laws'. Sixty-nine people died, many shot in the back. The shots fired that day in an obscure corner of South Africa reverberated around the world and Sharpeville became the symbol of the evil of the apartheid system." "This seminal event in the history of African nationalism has never been systematically documented. The Wessels Commission of Inquiry established to investigate the crisis never published a satisfactory final report. And in the four decades since the shooting the massacre has been so mythologised and contorted to serve various political interests as to preclude a thorough investigation."--Jacket.

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