South Africa

South Africa

by Sheila Smith Noonan


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The beautiful terrain of South Africa is home to some of the most abundant wildlife in Africa. Each year million of tourists visit the country, hoping to catch a glimpse of elephant, lions, and other animals. Beneath the ground are great deposits of such minerals as platinum, gold, and diamonds.

Unfortunately, South Africa's history is less beautiful than its landscape and its diamonds. For most of the 20th century, the state operated under a policy of apartheid, which separated racial groups and treated black Africans as second-class citizens. After years of discrimination, apartheid was abolished after the 1994 election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa. Today this highly diverse country continues to move beyond its troubled past, as it is one of the most stable countries in Africa both politically and economically.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781422221846
Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date: 09/28/2011
Series: Evolution of Africa's Major Nations Series
Pages: 87
Product dimensions: 8.06(w) x 8.29(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile: 1220L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction Robert I. Rotberg 6

A Postcard-Perfect Land 11

Troubling Past, Promising Future 19

A Young Republic 39

South Africa's Financial Landscape 47

Rainbow Nation 55

South Africa's Urban Gems 65

A Calendar of South African Festivals 74

Recipes 76

Glossary 78

Project and Report Ideas 80

Chronology 82

Further Reading/Internet Resources 84

For More Information 85

Index 86

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