South african history online 2016 feb

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4 “Sara “Saartjie” Baartman”. South African History Online . 2016. Feb 15http://- saartjie-baartman Barnes 2
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friend, William Dunlop, to work for him in an exhibit and make a lot of money. 4 The contract also stated that she would eventually return to her home in South Africa after five years. 4 The truth about whether or not her decision was voluntary will never be known. In a trial (which will be mentioned later), she testified in favor of Dunlop stating that she willingly bound herself to him. But, it is not certain that she was being completely honest. This was only the beginning of her short, yet horrifying story. Life as a “Slave” Saartjie was put into tight, fitted, flesh-toned clothing that accented her large buttocks. Dunlop displayed her in Piccadilly in London for the entertainment of English people. 4 The shape of her body puzzled and fascinated the “superior” race. It could be stated that the women were ultimately jealous of her appearance because it excited white men. This later on led to inspire the attire of the Victorian era that is well-known for the large bustles in the rear of the dress. 5 Saartjie would do performances and shows for only a few years to ultimately die young. It is assumed that she died at 26 from "inflammatory and eruptive disease" (pneumonia, syphilis, or alchoholism). 3 Unfortunately, her horror did not stop there. Her body was casted, and genitals cut off and put on display to be studied by scientists and others around the world. Saartjie was not returned to South Africa until Nelson Mandela requested her return.
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