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Term Paper - Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela Analysis

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Christina Tran Professor Nobiletti MWF 12:00-12:50 P.M. Long Walk to Freedom Analysis Martin Luther King Jr., an African American social justice leader, once said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” 1 The famous Martin Luther King Jr. used his peaceful protests and words of wisdom to put an end to segregation in the United States. Others alike look up to Martin Luther King Jr. and his accomplishments of equality, and found the inspiration to put an end to their own country’s inequality. Among these adherents is Nelson Mandela, president of the African National Congress who is “the third South African since the end of the Second World War [to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize] in 1960.” 6 In Nelson Mandela’s autobiography book Long Walk To Freedom , he demonstrates his goal of inspiring other people to pursue their own freedom through main points, sources, approach, assumptions, language, and organization. Nelson Mandela chose to speak about his whole life from his birth to the moment he was released from prison and his thoughts thereafter. Each chapter of his life had some sort of relation to the social and political issues of his country. In his childhood, Mandela was used to the segregation because it seemed normal to him. Society put him in a place where he had to remain subservient if he wanted anything from the superior whites. 3 In his adulthood, Mandela was convicted in the Rivonia trial for inciting a strike and illegally leaving the country. 2 He admitted guilt and disputed that “In education, health, income, every aspect of life, blacks were barely at a subsistence level while whites had the highest standards in the world- and aimed to 1
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keep it that way,” so he felt obliged to commit his acts. 4 After his imprisonment of twenty seven
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