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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:

  1. Mandela first became interested in social reform during his early years living in a rural area of South Africa.
    1. If Chief Joyi, one of Mandela’s youth leaders, inspired Mandela to pursue social justice.
  2. After moving to Johannesburg, Mandela started his political career.
    1. He got to know several other activists and these connections proved to be useful during the battle against apartheid.
  3. As the situation worsened in South Africa, the government arrested Mandela and other activists.
    1. Mandela was acquitted of charges due to a weak prosecution case.
  4. After Mandela was sentenced to 20 years on Robben Island,
    1. Even behind bars, Mandela and his allies continued their movement.
  5. In 1990, Mandela was freed from prison and received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work and contributions to society.
    1. 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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