Literature Study GuidesI Am Prepared To Die Speech

I Am Prepared To Die Speech | Study Guide

Nelson Mandela

Download a PDF to print or study offline.

Study Guide
Cite This Study Guide

How to Cite This Study Guide

quotation mark graphic
MLA

Bibliography

Course Hero. "I Am Prepared To Die Speech Study Guide." Course Hero. 20 Sep. 2019. Web. 18 Oct. 2019. <https://www.coursehero.com/lit/I-Am-Prepared-To-Die-Speech/>.

In text

(Course Hero)

APA

Bibliography

Course Hero. (2019, September 20). I Am Prepared To Die Speech Study Guide. In Course Hero. Retrieved October 18, 2019, from https://www.coursehero.com/lit/I-Am-Prepared-To-Die-Speech/

In text

(Course Hero, 2019)

Chicago

Bibliography

Course Hero. "I Am Prepared To Die Speech Study Guide." September 20, 2019. Accessed October 18, 2019. https://www.coursehero.com/lit/I-Am-Prepared-To-Die-Speech/.

Footnote

Course Hero, "I Am Prepared To Die Speech Study Guide," September 20, 2019, accessed October 18, 2019, https://www.coursehero.com/lit/I-Am-Prepared-To-Die-Speech/.

Overview

Author

Nelson Mandela

Year Delivered

1964

Type

Primary Source

Genre

History, Speech

At a Glance

  • For decades, South Africa had an official system of racial segregation, known as apartheid.
  • Nelson Mandela (1918–2013) was an anti-apartheid leader, involved with the African Nationalist Congress (ANC) and Umkhonto we Sizwe, a militant group.
  • In 1964, Mandela and others were tried for sabotage, treason, and conspiracy to overthrow the government.
  • At trial, Mandela gave a speech to make a moral case for his actions.
  • In the speech, Mandela discusses the history of the ANC, which had long had a policy of nonviolent resistance.
  • Mandela describes how, despite decades of nonviolent resistance, repression of black South Africans has grown worse.
  • Mandela argues that the only moral choice was to turn to violent tactics.
  • Mandela explains that Umkhonto decided to use sabotage and guerrilla warfare, seeing these methods as less damaging than terrorism and civil war.
  • Mandela addresses allegations the ANC and Umkhonto are communist organizations. He denies this but explains that communists have helped to fight against apartheid when no other group would.
  • Mandela also discusses his deep admiration for Western democracies.
  • Mandela was sentenced to life in prison. In 1990 Mandela was released from prison and later became South Africa's first black president (1994–1999).

Summary

This study guide for Nelson Mandela's I Am Prepared To Die Speech offers summary and analysis on themes, symbols, and other literary devices found in the text. Explore Course Hero's library of literature materials, including documents and Q&A pairs.

Buy this book from Amazon.com
Cite This Study Guide

information icon Have study documents to share about I Am Prepared To Die Speech? Upload them to earn free Course Hero access!

Ask Expert Tutors You can ask 0 bonus questions You can ask 0 questions (0 expire soon) You can ask 0 questions (will expire )
Answers in as fast as 15 minutes