Nelson Mandela Research Paper

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Multiple times in the history of the world, people have changed its course. The people that are perhaps the most influential are those who are born with no intention to do so. A common child grows up with a dream, and throughout their life they fight for it, willing to suffer and sacrifice for the sake of their cause. One such person is Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela is one of the most inspirational people of the twentieth century, proved by his early life, his long imprisonment, his triumphant presidency, and his lasting legacy. Nelson Mandela was born in Mvezo, Transkei, South Africa on July 18, 1918. His name at birth was Rolihlahla Mandela. His mother was Nonqaphi Nosenkeni and his father, the principal counsellor to Acting King of the Thembu people, was Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela. In 1930 when Rolihlahla was twelve years old, his father died and Rolihlahla became a ward of Jongintaba at the Great Place in Mqhekezweni. After hearing stories of his ancestor 's resistance to white domination, Rolihlahla dreamed of making a difference in the freedom struggle of his people. (Nelson Mandela Foundation) In primary school, Rolihlahla 's teacher named him Nelson because of the custom of school children to…show more content…
In 1991, he was elected president of the ANC. Nelson regularly negotiated with South African President F.W. de Klerk over multiracial elections. These negotiations were often strained and violent eruptions continued throughout the country. President de Klerk and Nelson Mandela were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for their efforts to dismantle apartheid. At last, negotiations between blacks and whites prevailed; South Africa held their first democratic elections on April 27, 1994. Mandela was inaugurated as the first black president on May 10, 1994, at the age of 77.

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