Nelson Mandela: Ending Apartheid in South Africa

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Born in obscurity and relative poverty, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela became the first president of South Africa elected by a fully representative democratic vote. One of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century, Mandela is a leader whose lifetime is marked by humor, suffering, and the gift of forgiveness-rather than by a thirst for revenge. Imprisoned for 27 years during his struggle to end the apartheid state in South Africa, he nevertheless continued his struggle, emerging to help establish a new South ...
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Born in obscurity and relative poverty, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela became the first president of South Africa elected by a fully representative democratic vote. One of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century, Mandela is a leader whose lifetime is marked by humor, suffering, and the gift of forgiveness-rather than by a thirst for revenge. Imprisoned for 27 years during his struggle to end the apartheid state in South Africa, he nevertheless continued his struggle, emerging to help establish a new South Africa. Nelson Mandela focuses on his efforts to end the segregation that paralyzed his country, efforts that resulted in his being awarded the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, along with South Africa's previous president, Frederik Willem de Klerk, "for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa."

About the Author:
Samuel Willard Crompton is a historian and biographer who lives in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cindy L. Carolan
Many parents of readers of this biography aimed at secondary school students will remember the chorus of a song, "Free Nelson Mandela!" A man who spent twenty-seven years of his life in prison, Mandela never gave up the fight to end apartheid (defined as apartness) in South Africa, where a white minority backed the government in establishing a total separation between white, black, Indian, and mixed race people. A comparison between segregation and apartheid is made, showing that while neither was right, segregation supposedly meant separate but equal, whereas apartheid simply meant separate. The ten chapters of this book provide an insightful and detailed examination not only about this committed and forgiving man's life, but also about what was happening to his family, his country, and in the world in general for the better part of the 1900's and into the year 2005. Part of the "Modern Peacemakers" series that highlights the work Nobel Peace Prize recipients were doing when awarded such an honor, as well as providing the history and background of the unrest that caused such situations to arise. This title would make an excellent addition as a resource for a school library. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791089972
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: Modern Peacemakers Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Six Thousand Miles Apart     1
Tribal Boyhood     11
The City of Gold     22
Marriage, Family, and Tragedy     32
In Castro's Image     44
The Darkest Times     55
First Light     65
A New World     76
Chief of the Nation     85
Golden Years     97
Chronology     106
Notes     110
Bibliography     112
Further Reading     113
Index     115
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