Name of Collection: African Studies-Southern Africa

School Name: A. Philip Randolph Campus High School

Address: 135th Street & Convent Ave

Fax: 212-281-2726

Librarian: Susan Epstein

Librarian's e-mail:

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Questions for Inquiry:

Why were the Western powers interested in colonizing lands in Africa?
Discuss the process of colonization. Was it a short or lengthy process?
What benefits and disadvantages did colonization bring?
What have been the effects of colonial division on the peoples of the Africa?
What were the effects of colonization in particular countries?
What was the role of resistance movements in the various colonies?
Who were the important leaders of resistance?
Investigate the road to independence in various countries. What are some similarities and differences?
What were some of the difficulties in establishing independent countries?
How did the colonial legacy lead to civil wars?


Africa, Southern Africa, Names of African countries, Imperialism, Colonization.

Subject Headings:

(Name of country)-History, (Name of country)-Economic conditions, (Name of country)-Social condtions, Southern Africa, Imperialism

Dewey Decimal Classification(s):

960-969, 305, 306

Key Books


The Diagram Group. Encyclopedia of African Peoples. New York: Facts on File, 2000. REF 305.896 ENC
Encyclopedia of Africa South of the Sahara. 4 vols. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons,
1997. REF 967.003 ENC
Lye, Keith, and the Diagram Group. Encyclopedia of African Nations and Civilizations.
New York: Facts on File, 2002. REF 960.03 ENC
Murray, Jocelyn, and Sean Sheehan.. Africa: Cultural Atlas for Young People. Rev. ed.
New York: Facts on File, 2003. 960 MUR
Murray, Jocelyn, ed. Cultural Atlas of Africa. Rev. ed. New York: Checkmark Books,
1998. REF 960 CUL
Page, Willie F. Encyclopedia of African History and Culture. Vol. 3: From Conquest to Colonization. REF 960.03 PAG


Falola, Toyin, ed. Teen Life in Africa. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004. 305.235 TEE
French, Howard W. A Continent for the Taking: the Tragedy and Hope of Africa. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004. 967.03 FRE
Hitchcock, Robert K. and Alan J. Osborn, eds. Endangered Peoples of Africa and the Middle East. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002. 305.8 END
Oppong, Joseph R. Africa South of the Sahara. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2006. 967 OPP
Hunter-Gault, Charlayne. New News Out of Africa: Uncovering Africa's Renaissance. New York: Oxford University Press, 206. 968 HUN
Wepman, Dennis. Africa: the Struggle for Independence. New York: Facts on File, 1993. 960 W

Individual Countries:
Bodnarchuk, Kari. Rwanda: Country Torn Apart. Minneapolis: Lerner, 2000. 967.571 BOD
Ciment, James. Angola and Mozambique: Postcolonial Wars in Southea, N.rn Africa. New York: Facts on File, 1997. 967.304 CIM
Cottrell, Robert C. South Africa: a State of Apartheid. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2005. 968 COT
Denbow, James. Culture and Customs of Botswana. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006. 968.83 DEN
Durost-Fish, Bruce and Becky. Congo: Exploration, Reform, and a Brutal Legacy. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2000. 967.5 FIS
Eades, Lindsay Michie. The End of Apartheid in South Africa. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999. 305.8 EAD
Falola, Toyin. Culture and Customs of Nigeria. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2001. 306.096 FAL
Fisanick, Christina,ed. The Rwanda Genocide. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2004. 967.57104 RWA
Gobodo-Madikizela, Pumla. A Human Being Died That Night: a South African Story of Forgiveness.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2003. B De KOCK
Gondola, Ch. Didier. The History of Congo. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002. 967.51 GON
Gourevitch, Philip. We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998. 364.156 G
Kachur, Matthew. The Slave Trade. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2006. 306.3 KAC
Keane, Fegal. Season of Blood: a Rwandan Journey. New York: Viking, 1996. 967.571 KEA
Mathabane, Mark. African Women: Three Generati Bons. New York: HarperCollins, 1994. 305.4 MAT
Mukenge, Tshilemalema. Culture and Customs of the Congo. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002. 967.51 MUK
Owomoyela, Oyekan. Culture and Customs of Zimbabwe. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002. 968.91 OWO
Pakenham, Thomas. The Boer War. New York: Avon Books, 1992. 968 P
Salm, Steven. Culture and Customs of Ghana. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002. 966.7 SAL
Sobaniya, N. W. Culture and Customs Kenya. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003. 305.8 SOB

Achebe, Chinua. Home and Exile. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. B ACHEBE
Mandela, Nelson. Long Walk to Freedom. Boston: Little Brown, 1994. B MANDELA
Mathabane, Miriam. Miriam's Song. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001. B MATHABANE
Mathabane, Mark. Kaffir Boy. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1986. B MATHABANE
Rusesabagina, Paul. An Ordinary Man. New York: Viking, 2006 B RUSESABAGII


Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. New York, Anchor Books, 1994. F ACH
Achebe, Chinua. Arrow of God. F ACH
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Purple Hibiscus. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2003. F ADI
Ba, Mariama. So Long a Letter. London: Heinemann, 1981. F BA
Coetzee, J.M. Disgrace. New York: Penguin Books, 1999. F COE
Dangarembga, Tsitsi. Nervous Conditions. Seattle, WA: Seal Press, 1988. F DAN
Galgut, Damon. The Good Doctor. New York: Grove Press, 2003. F GAL
Gordimer, Nadine. July's People. New York: Penguin Books, 1981 F GOR
Iweala, Uzodinma. Beasts of No Nation. New York: Harper Perennial, 2005. F IWE

Magazine Articles

• Print:

Beah, Ishmael. "The Making, and Unmaking, of a Child Soldier." New York Times Magazine, Jan. 14, 2007: p. 36-
Rosenberg, Tina. "When a Pill Is Not Enough (pregnant women infected with HIV). New York Times Magazine, August 6, 2006: p. 4-


Habib, Adam. "State-Civil Society Relations in Post- Apartheid South Africa." Social Research 72.3 (2005): 671-692. MasterFILE Premier. 4 March 2007.
Munger, Edwin S. "SOUTH AFRICA: ARE THERE SILVER LININGS?." Foreign Affairs 47.2 (1969): 375-386. MasterFILE Premier. 4 March 2007.
Bawa, Ahmed C. "South Africa's Young Democracy, Ten Years On: Guest Editor's Introduction." Social Research 72.3 (2005): 501-501. MasterFILE Premier. 4 March 2007.


History Resource Center: World (New York Public Library)
Biography Resource Center (New York Public Library)
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Amnesty International Library Online Documentation Archive

Library of Congress Country Studies __

U. S. Census Bureau International Data Base
History of Southern Africa in General (World History Archives)

Web Sites:

UNICEF. Africa's Orphan Crisis: Worst Is Yet To Come BBC World Service. The Story of Africa: Southern Africa. AIDS in Africa: A Health Spotlight Special Report.


:Africa: Challenges in the 21st Century. Wynnewood, PA: Schlessinger Media, 2004. 23 min. DVD 960.33 AFR
Africa: A History Denied. Distributed by Time-Life Video & Television, 1995. 48 min. DVD 968.9 AFR
Ghosts of Rwanda. Distributed by PBS Home Video, 2004. 120 min. DVD 967.571 GHO :
Hotel Rwanda. Santa Monica, CA: Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, 2005. 122 min. DVD 792.9 HOT
Islam & Christianity in Africa. Wynnewood, PA: Schlessinger Media, 2006. 64 min. DVD 200.96 ISL
Slavery & Colonialism in Africa. Wynnewood, PA: Schlessinger Media, 2006. 39 min. DVD 960.3 SLA
The South African Anti-Apartheid Movement. Wynnewood, PA: Schlessinger Media, 2005. DVD 968.06 SOU


Makeba, Miriam. Homeland. Putumayo World Music, 2000. CD
Wemba, Papa. Molokai. Real World Records, 1998. CD

Community Resources:

Museum for African Art (traveling exhibitions)
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York Public Library)

Curriculum Standards Related to This Topic:

Social Studies Standard 2: World History__: Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in world history and examine the broad sweep of history from a variety of perspectives.
English Language Arts Standard 1: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for information and understanding.

*An asterisk next to material indicates that it is recommended in this subject area but not available in this CCD collection.