" calm, patient determination to reclaim this country as your own, and now the joy that we can loudly proclaim from the rooftops--Free at last! Free at last! ... This is a time to heal the old wounds and build a new South Africa." Nelson Mandela fought his entire life. Nelson Mandela fought a fight for civil rights in South Africa on the streets and behind the prison walls. Even after 27 years behind those walls Mandela maintained his dignity and rose to be the first Black President of South Africa.
Nelson Mandela's Autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom" was written up to the point Mandela won the first free election in South Africa in 1994. Before reading the summary that follows the reader should know that this is an autobiography, written by Mandela himself, so there will be bias, but by doing some external research on Mandela you would find that Mandela is not a person to hold a grudge against his oppressors.
In the Transki region along the Indian Ocean, July 18, 1918, Mandela was born to a Thembu chief and his third wife. Mandela was raised by his mother were they led a simple life, a self reliant tribe. Here they farmed and raised their own cattle. This was a black tribal community were Anglo-Saxons were looked as gods from another place; they were to be viewed with awe and fear. In this black community a black teacher gave him an easy to pronounce (and white) first name of Nelson. At the age of nine Nelson received the word his father died. So he left his mother village to be raised by the Thembu Council. This was the region center for all tribe leaders to meet an...
... middle of paper ...
Mandela's story is an in-depth exploration broader than the light overview of South Africa's apartheid given by the text book. The writing of the autobiography is easy to read, clear and precise. It does not contain any footnotes or endnotes, but in most biographies of any kind there are few citing. There are no maps, charts or tables but in the spirit of it following a mans story there could only be a time line, but a time line would be overwhelmed by the 27 years Mandela spent in prison.
Long Walk to Freedom is a useful book and makes a contribution to the reader on the understanding of the struggle all minorities (and even majorities) of oppressed people face. And how a good soul can rise above the hatred and forgive his oppressors to be a universally acclaimed symbol for the search of uncompromised freedom.
*note - all quotes drom "Long Walk to Freedom"
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Nelson Mandela in his book, Long Walk to Freedom argues through the first five parts that a black individual must deal, coop, and grow through a society that is hindering their lives' with apartheid and suppression of their rightful land. Rolihlanla Mphakanyiswa or clan name, Madiba was born on July 18, 1918 in a simple village of Mvezo, which was not accustomed to the happenings of South Africa as a whole. His father was an respected man who led a good life, but lost it because of a dispute with the magistrate.... [tags: Nelson Mandela Long Walk Freedom Essays]
2182 words (6.2 pages)
- “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people" (2013). This quote is one of Nelson Mandela 's famous quotes relating to how some leaders are not fit to govern people because they are not willing to sacrifice all that they have for the good of the people. “Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in Mveso, Transkei, South Africa”(Mandela). Mandela touch many lives throughout his life. He even touched the lives of people who never met him in face to face. Many people felt like they knew him by listening to his words and from the actions he took to make South Africa a better place.... [tags: Nelson Mandela, South Africa, Thabo Mbeki]
890 words (2.5 pages)
- “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.” (theguardian.com) Nelson Mandela was not in fact just a political leader; he was also a hero to many people all around the world by being a perfect example of leadership we need in this day and age. Nelson was willing and ready to sacrifice his life for the freedom of South Africa. Even though Mandela argued the apartheid regime left him no option but to fight violence with violence, Nelson Mandela was a great leader because he was very dedicated to provide freedom and an end to segregation to the people of South Africa.... [tags: South Africa, Nelson Mandela]
1302 words (3.7 pages)
- In Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee two American Indians from separate tribes join together to co-author this historically thought provoking portrayal of a time in history when playing by the rules did not work when dealing with minority rights issues. Paul Chaat Smith, a Comanche and Robert Allen Warrior an Osage join forces to create an accurate account of a time when the Native American civil rights movement took center stage television and press coverage. The world watched as Indian militants, American military, and world media covered three key events, which took place in a forty-two month period beginning with the student takeover of Alcatraz in Novem... [tags: Book Review ]
1288 words (3.7 pages)
- Since the beginning of the United States the American people have been on the move. Public transportation has played a major role in the development of this nation and in bringing its citizens together. In the book “Divided Highways”, author Tom Lewis takes the reader on a journey of the building of the Interstates and the consequences(good and bad) that came from them. Lewis believes that the Interstates are a physical characteristic of America and that it shows “all our glory and our meanness; all our vision and our shortsightedness”(xiv).... [tags: Book Review ]
505 words (1.4 pages)
- Over the years humanity has experienced a significant increase in the world population, and today that number continues to rise. With an increase in people, the demand for food goes up tremendously. Agricultural science has continuously developed new technologies that have enhanced the efficiency and value of agricultural production. Although the enhancements increase the production of agricultural goods, it’s important to understand the impacts it has on our environment and food system. In this book review, I will discuss both the cultural and natural dimensions of Agricultural Biotechnology, and how it relates to our current problems in Human Relations.... [tags: Book Review]
2117 words (6 pages)
- Review of: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak It seems sometimes like the market for young adult literature is written down to the readers, almost in a condescending manner. That is why a book like The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is so refreshing in this sea of cookie cutter romances and fantasies. While classified as a young adult novel, it deals with very serious themes. The book’s cover comes printed with this label: “It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.” It is a dark allusion to what is to come.... [tags: The Book Thief Markus Zusak Review]
1185 words (3.4 pages)
- William Ivy Hair's Carnival of Fury elaborates on the life of Robert Charles and the events leading New Orleans to the race riot of 1900. Hair quoted newspaper articles printed during Charles' life to include society's reaction and provide a white-Southern perspective of African Americans. Hair's original objective was to uncover what Charles experienced during his youth, and discover what prompted him to shoot innocent people from the second floor of 1208 Saratoga St. on July 27, 1900. Although the South vilified Charles and deemed him the catalyst for the race riot, Hair sought to clarify Charles' motives and discover what led him to commit senseless violence.... [tags: Book Review]
872 words (2.5 pages)
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is set during World War II. There are four children who had to be sent to live with Professor Kirke because their mother wanted them to be safe. The children decide to play hide and seek in the house one day and the youngest girl Lucy found a wardrobe to hide in. When Lucy was in the wardrobe she found herself in a strange place. The wardrobe had led her to a land full of snow. When Lucy started walking around she met a fawn named Tumnus. He took her to his house.... [tags: Book Review]
1242 words (3.5 pages)
- Lord of the Flies For the study of the first amendment and censorship we had to read a banned or challenged book. I read Lord Of The Flies by William Golding. Lord Of The Flies was written in the 1950's during the World War Two era. This book is about a bunch of boys aged 6-12 that get stranded on an uninhabited island with no adults. They elect Ralph as leader and Jack and the choir members from his school as the hunters of the group. The little kids, or litluns as they are referred to in the book, believe there is a monster on the island, and as the book progresses some of the big kids believe the monster is real after a few kids mistake a dead man for the monster.... [tags: Book Review Analysis]
1283 words (3.7 pages)