Benjamin Traverso Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Paul Hanson Butler UniversityFor over a generation, South Africa was home to one of the most oppressive governments in the world. The Afrikaner National Party (known as the ANP), made up entirely of white men, seized control of the assemblies and bureaucratic positions. The ANP and its surrogates put massive controls over who could have power in the government, who could have capitol in the economy, and even who could vote. After over fifty years of rule, the ANP dissolved after the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, yet the era is still extremely interesting to study due to the deep racial bigotry that was permeating through the country. This paper will explore the extent that Colonial policies put forth by the British and Dutch impacted the mentality of many white South Africans to a point of Apartheid. The research done will be unique to South Africa, as many of the other British Colonial states had “better” separations from the Commonwealth. This paper will explore how the approach differed in South Africa by posing the question what were the particular colonial policies that created a system of government that favored the few over the many?
When & Where
Jordan Hall 201