by Bessie Head
Africa: Can a Country Overcome Its History?
This online exhibit from Annenberg/CPB offers a history
of South Africa. The site also includes resources
and interactive time lines to test your knowledge of what you
have read. Use the information on this site as a resource
for the Internet Connection activity listed in your textbook.
Long Walk of Nelson Mandela: The Prisoner
Nelson Mandela was a political prisoner in South Africa
for 27 years, 18 of those in the prison on Robben Island.
This site is devoted to that time period and contains interviews,
writings, and video footage. Read The Dark Years and
The Most Important Person in Any Prisoner’s Life. How
were Mandela and Brille, from "The Prisoner Who Wore
Glasses," alike in their handling of wardens? Write a
comparison of Mandela’s and Brille’s prison experiences.
This site, part of the Postcolonial Studies at Emory
University, contains a biography of Bessie Head along with
key quotations taken from her writings. Read the biography
and the quotations and then discuss what it meant for Bessie Head to live
and work as a writer in South Africa. What kinds of personal
and social issues did she have to deal with in order to become
a successful writer? What traditions did she draw from in
her writing? Use your journal for your response.