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Nelson Mandela

No Easy Walk to Freedom

Nonfiction | Biography | Adult | Published in 1973

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No Easy Walk to Freedom

  • Genre: Nonfiction; biographical collection
  • Originally Published: 1965 by Heinemann Educational Books; 2002 by Penguin Books with Introduction by Ato Quayson and Foreword by Oliver Tambo
  • Reading Level/Interest: College/Adult
  • Structure/Length: 5 parts; 15 chapters; approx. 170 pages
  • Central Concern: This collection of speeches, letters, and writings by Nelson Mandela spans from 1953 to 1963 and chronicles his ideas from that time on the fight for human rights. Originally published near the beginning of Mandela’s lengthy prison sentence, the collection conveys the political thought of a widely esteemed figure who became president of South Africa and a leading representative of democracy.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Apartheid; racial conflict and struggle; violence; imprisonment

Nelson Mandela, Author

  • Bio: 1918-2013; fought for civil rights by resisting apartheid policies; key figure in the African National Congress; imprisoned in 1963 for a total of 27 years; released in 1990; inaugurated as the first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994
  • Other Works: Conversations with Myself (a collection of personal papers; 2010); Long Walk to Freedom (an autobiography ghostwritten by Richard Stengel; 1994)
  • Awards: UNESCO Peace Prize (1992); the Nobel Peace Prize (1993); Africa Peace Award (1995); many additional honors and awards

CENTRAL THEMES connected and noted throughout this Teaching Unit:

  • Mass Mobilization and Unity
  • Shifts in Strategies and Tactics
  • The ANC’s Relationship to Other Political Parties