Paper 2 Prompt

Clark and Worger assert, “Most South Africans…would argue that apartheid made a fundamental and qualitative difference in their lives.” (38)

Using evidence from Joubert’s Poppie Nongena (and any other course materials), either

  • Explain what those fundamental and qualitative differences were
  • Refute the statement.

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This paper prompt specifically addresses two aspects of “thinking historically”:
1. the tension between structure and agency (Can individuals meaningfully make life choices that aren’t affected by larger social, economic, or political structures?)
2. categories of race, class, gender and generation (How does a person’s identity affect the ways in which apartheid did–or did not–make a difference in their lives?)