The postwar years brought a great deal of upheaval to South Africa

The postwar years brought a great deal of upheaval to South Africa

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Unformatted text preview: The postwar years brought a great deal of upheaval to South Africa. The United party and more liberal parties were anxious to further industrialize the country, to bring in immigrants, to promote a policy of gradual or partial equalization of the various races in other words, to bring South Africa more and more into line with twentieth-century ways and beliefs. The Nationalist party wanted to control immigration and keep the various non-European peoples "in their place." The Nationalists managed to win a very narrow majority in Parliament in the 1948 elections. They began a program of apartheid ("apartness," or complete segregation) for the three main non- European groups: the largest group, the Indian population (many of whom were merchants and store-owners), the natives (known as Bantus by the government), and the coloreds (of mixed European and native blood). These groups were to lose parliamentary representation so they would European and native blood)....
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