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Bessie Head's work explores the strain on black women due to the result of colonial systems

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Pictured here in 1984, Bessie Head's life tends to collide with those her protagonists in her fiction.  (Photo: Peter Kevin Solness/ Fairfax Media/ Getty Images)
Pictured here in 1984, Bessie Head's life tends to collide with those her protagonists in her fiction. (Photo: Peter Kevin Solness/ Fairfax Media/ Getty Images)

The events of Bessie Head's life and that of her protagonists tend to collide in the pages of her fiction. By Head's 13th birthday, the Population Registration Act 30 of 1950 and Group Areas Act 41, came into effect on 7 July 1950.

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