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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Freedom Rising seeks to personalize for the reader the dehumanizing effects of apartheid, the political and economic system in South Africa which is based on race. This is accomplished by providing the reader with an understanding of the nature of apartheid, by showing how it affects the lives of the people who live within its reach, and by providing a history of the resistance to apartheid. The book itself is a chronicle of the people North encountered and the places he visited during his four and one half years of traveling in South Africa and its neighboring countries. For the second edition North adds an epilogue written upon his return to South Africa covering the events of two years since the first edition of his book. To help the reader keep up with the many terms, place names, and personal names mentioned throughout the book, North provides a glossary, a pair of maps, and a list of participants who proved to be useful. The publication is not a scholarly work, which North admits, but rather a journalist's description of what he saw taking place in a troubled part of the world.
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