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Forced Removal during Apartheid: Examining Historic Photographs

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Civics +2 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

How did apartheid affect the lives of blacks living in Johannesburg in the late 1940s and early 1950s? What was the purpose of forced removal?

This student activity uses the examination of historical photographs as an entry point to learning about the forced removal of blacks from urban areas to townships & homelands under apartheid in South Africa. The images here are all from Sophiatown and Soweto. What details emerge about the life changes that resulted from being moved? What questions remain?

Settlements on the Outskirts of Johannesburg

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives

Men Building Settlements, Soweto

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives

Home in Settlement Area, Near Johannesburg

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives

Settlements, Near Johannesburg

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives

Settlements in Soweto

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives

Child, Pimville, South-Western Townships

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives

Children at School

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives

Children Eating at Nursery School

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives

Father Huddleston With Children

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives

Soweto, Johannesburg

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives