From the Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait series
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Mandela recounts his youth, as the foster son of a Thembu chief, raised in the traditional tribal culture of his ancestors as he grew to learn the inescapable reality of apartheid oppression. In elegant prose, he tells of his early years as an impoverished student and law clerk in Johannesburg and of his slow political awakening. He also describes his personal struggles at that time of having to reconcile his political activity with family, the anguished breakup of his first marriage, and the painful separation from his children.
The escalating political warfare in the 1950s between the ANC and the government is vividly brought to life, culminating in Mandela's dramatic escapades as an underground leader and the notorious Rivonia Trial of 1964, at which he was sentenced to life imprisonment. He recounts the surprisingly eventful 27 years in prison and the complex negotiation which led to both his freedom and to the beginning of apartheid's end.
Here for the first time, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela tells of his extraordinary life—an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph
This Web page was created several years ago. -- The MY HERO Library Staff
Nelson Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa on July 18, 1918. He spent his childhood in the village of Qunu.-- The MY HERO Library Staff
The following link is an excellent resource about Nelson Mandela and his work for civil rights:http://www.radiodiaries.org/mandela/mstories.html -- The MY HERO Library Staff