Diamonds in Their Souls

Modern South Africa was shaped by the discovery of diamonds little more than a century ago. Industrialist Cecil Rhodes established the first diamond mine and used native labor to extract the precious stones from the soil. Journalist Stefan Kanfer traces the history of diamonds, the tightly controlled DeBeers diamond cartel, and the relationship between diamonds and Apartheid, on this Common Ground.

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