Nelson Mandela

Overview

In 1964, at the age of 46, South African activist Nelson Mandela entered the notorious Robben Island prison. He had been given a life sentence for his struggle against the government's system of apartheid, or racial segregation. After 27 years in prison, Mandela was released, and by 1994, he had become the first black president of South Africa. How did Mandela manage to create change in the face of so much oppression? What kept him fighting for so many years? The exciting biographies in the Front-Page Lives ...

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Overview

In 1964, at the age of 46, South African activist Nelson Mandela entered the notorious Robben Island prison. He had been given a life sentence for his struggle against the government's system of apartheid, or racial segregation. After 27 years in prison, Mandela was released, and by 1994, he had become the first black president of South Africa. How did Mandela manage to create change in the face of so much oppression? What kept him fighting for so many years? The exciting biographies in the Front-Page Lives series take an in-depth look at some of the world's most fascinating people.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 5-8-Focusing on headline makers from the past 20 years or so, this series does not shy away from the controversial topics that are part of what make this grouping of people noteworthy. The subjects' lives are presented with depth and breadth and in such a way as to make clear how their actions impacted the world and why they are or were so important. Headlines and short descriptions of events from various years of the newsmakers' lives begin each chapter and provide context for their actions and motivations. The writing is accessible and engaging, with color and black-and-white photographs and (except in Obama and Gates) color maps complementing the text. Bhutto and bin Laden are particularly good choices as they offer provocative, compelling information about people whose personal stories are not often told. The other books are solid additional purchases.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432932190
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: Front-Page Lives Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 11 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Catel has worked in children's publishing for over a dozen years. He has been involved in the publication of hundreds of titles on a wide range of topics. If it's winter and he's not working on books, he's probably hitting the slopes!

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Table of Contents

Leader of a Rainbow Nation 6

Headlines: 1918-1946 10

Rolihlahla 12

Headlines: 1947-1961 28

Speaking Out 30

Headlines:1961-1985 44

Prisoner 46664 46

Headlines: 1985-1994 60

A Free Man 62

Headlines: 1995-1999 74

President of a New SouthAfrica 76

Headlines: 2000-2009 86

An International Hero 88

Timeline 94

Glossary 98

Notes on Sources 101

Bibliography 104

Find Out More 106

Index 109

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