How Significant Was The Anc During The Anti Apartheid Movement

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How Significant was the ANC in the Anti-Apartheid Movement, 1948-79?

During the time of apartheid, there were many organisations which proved to be significant; which is having or being likely to be influential or of importance. Although the ANC (African National Congress) was clearly significant during 1948-1979, there were many other groups which also left a significant impact. Throughout this period, there are obvious shifts in political initiative: primarily between the ANC and other groups. There are also two key political trials which Mandela was involved in: the Treason Trial and the Rivonia Trial. The impact of each event and group often had a strong domestic impact, most predominant to the area in which the event was carried out, but there were many events which also had a major international impact, often due to the presence of foreign press. Finally, there was the struggle within the ANC between acts of violence and non-violence to carry across their ideas and gain the political initiative.

During the 1940s and 50s the ANC started rising as an important force against anti-apartheid through the introduction of new policies and leaders as well as the documentation of the Freedom Charter and the Treason Trial, one of the major political trials related to apartheid. The young new leaders of the ANC’s Youth League in 1949, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela rejected old methods of passive persuasion of government negotiations and put forth the idea of a…

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