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Nelson Mandela - the major turning point in his life.

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In this part of my Coursework I am going to describe the major turning points in Nelson Mandela's life. I believe that there are three major turning points in his life which I am going to write about in the following articles that you shall read. These are Joining the ANC, His turn to violence and His release from prison. Nelson Mandela joined a group called the ANC, when he did this I believe it altered his life so I am going to call it a major turning point in his life. The ANC was an organisation that went against the way of the whites in South Africa. They stood up against the whites so the black people in South Africa could be free. The name ANC was the short hand name of the 'African National Congress'. Nelson Mandela first attended an ANC meeting 1942. He did this a year before he actually joined the ANC in 1943. ...read more.


Nelson Mandela turned to violence later on in his campaign for free rights for blacks and so this is I think a major turning point. Mandela finally believed that the only way they could beat the whites was to turn violent like them. He learned this after the incident at Sharpeville. Sharpeville was a village where there was a peaceful protest against the 'pass laws' which then turned very violent. Some believe that it was a massacre and some believe that it was self defence. Either way, this was Mandela's wake up call when he finally decided to turn to violence. Mandela helped se up the MK, which in its African name goes 'Umkhonto we Sizwe', which means 'Spear of the Nation'. Mandela had been given the nickname the 'Black Pimpernel' because he would move around South Africa with different disguises and not get caught by the police. He was then arrested on his way back to Johannesburg when he was disguised as a chauffer. ...read more.


In fact it was the complete opposite. When he was in prison he also had a visit from F W de Klerk who asked him to call off the protests and he will be released from prison. . The protests did not only happen in South Africa but around the world. Many people wore a t-shirt with a picture of his face on in recognition of his appeal for equal rights. When Mandela was released he did not show any violence towards the white Afrikaans. He seemed calm and glad to out of prison. When Mandela got out of prison he was elected for as President of the ANC and President of South Africa. He pressed for that white Afrikaans and black Africans could work side by side equally. He did not want the war between two different races to extend any further. This is a major turning point because it is when he became a hero to the nation and the world, not just a black man who was accused and found guilty of terrorist actions. He showed that blacks and whites both have feelings and that he is willing to put the past behind him. ...read more.

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