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This mini-series chronicles the unprecedented international movement of citizen activists who fought for three decades to bring down the brutal, racist system of apartheid in South Africa when their governments would not. Long one of South Africa's most important and powerful allies, the United States becomes a key battleground in the anti-apartheid movement as African-Americans lead the charge to change the government's policy toward the apartheid regime. Strengthened through years of grassroots organizing during the civil rights movement, black leaders and their allies take on U.S. foreign policy on South Africa, directing campaigns in corporate boardrooms, universities, embassies, and finally in the U.S. Congress itself, where a stunning victory is won against the formidable opposition of President Ronald Reagan. African- Americans alter U.S. foreign policy for the first time in history, and the U.S. -- once the backbone of support for apartheid South Africa as its ally in the Cold War ?- finally imposes sanctions on Pretoria. European sanctions follow, and with them, the political isolation of the apartheid regime.
 

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