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Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela was the primary force behind the liberation front in South Africa for about half a century. There was not a single person more responsible for the natives being freed than Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

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According to ANC.org, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in a small village near the city of Umtata in the province of Transkei on July 18, 1918. With his father being the principal councilor to the Acting Paramount Chief of Thembuland he was groomed from even a young age to become somebody of importance (par 8). Little did the Paramount Chief know what he really did when he made Nelson his apprentice after the death of his father, it started a young Mandela onto his journey to become the most influential figure in African history. During his life he made many strides in freeing his people from the oppressors that the British were. And because of this his role in the end of the apartheid in South Africa was one of major importance. Nelson was on the front lines in the movement from the very beginning. Unlike some front men, he was willing to cross the boundaries to get his point across. He organized so many different things that all helped liberation movement. Nobody can take that from him, he worked his tail off for what he and many others believed was what needed to be done - liberate the South African Natives - and he was willing to suffer the consequences of his ,and the people he was responsible for, actions. ...read more.

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According to Kent Rasmussen in Modern African Political Leaders, Mandela was teaching so much that the prison became known as 'Mandela University' (116). Unlike some front men, he was willing to push the boundaries to get his point across and he was respected for it. According to Kent Rasmussen in Modern African Political Leaders, while in the ANC, most of his time was spent on hours upon hours of political activity, which is why he was put in a position of power in the ANC Youth League where he was elected league secretary, and eventually the ANC itself where he became a member of the central directorate of the organization (111). All those hours dedicated to endless work, had to wear the man out. According to Kent Rasmussen in Modern African Political Leaders, in early 1962, Mandela somehow slipped out of the country where he accomplished something that not many South African natives had achieved - being a free man. While he was out in the world he helped create awareness of the atrocities that had been performed against his people. Very well knowing what was going to happen to him when he returned, he returned anyways so he could continue to help free his people and was charged with sabotage and eventually incarcerated (114). ...read more.

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According to Kent Rasmussen in Modern African Political Leaders, during the 1950s, Mandela and Oliver Tambo established South Africa's first black law office, where they provided low cost legal counsel to blacks that had until then had been completely without representation (112). Nelson Mandela was the primary force behind the liberation front in South Africa for about half a century. There was not a single person more responsible for the natives being freed than Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. For instance, according to Kent Rasmussen in Modern African Political Leaders, Mandela's health was a major priority of the Prime Minister's because he felt that Nelson would be much more dangerous as a martyr and they knew already that he had health problems such as Tuberculosis (118). And because of this his role in the end of the apartheid in South Africa was one of major importance. Nelson was on the front lines in the movement from the very beginning. Unlike some front men, he was willing to cross the boundaries to get his point across. He organized so many different things that all helped liberation movement. For these and many other reasons he had a primary role in the end of the apartheid in South Africa. ?? ?? ?? ?? Patrick1 Ron Patrick Mrs. Michels English 4 period 8 May 16, 2005 ...read more.

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