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Why This Book Matters:
Long Walk to Freedom is Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, telling the story of his life, including his prison sentence.
The Big Takeaways:
- Mandela first became interested in social reform during his early years living in a rural area of South Africa.
- If Chief Joyi, one of Mandela’s youth leaders, inspired Mandela to pursue social justice.
- After moving to Johannesburg, Mandela started his political career.
- He got to know several other activists and these connections proved to be useful during the battle against apartheid.
- As the situation worsened in South Africa, the government arrested Mandela and other activists.
- Mandela was acquitted of charges due to a weak prosecution case.
- After Mandela was sentenced to 20 years on Robben Island,
- Even behind bars, Mandela and his allies continued their movement.
- In 1990, Mandela was freed from prison and received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work and contributions to society.
- While the relationship between the ANC and South African government was still worrisome, they reached an agreement and the first free elections took place in 1994.
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