Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013)
Where can I find information about Nelson Mandela?
Entry last updated: 13/01/21
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born on 18 July 1918, into the Madiba clan in the village of Mvezo, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. He is best known for his work as an anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist, as well as being the first black President of South Africa from 1994-1999.
Nelson Mandela is an important figure in world history. The following websites provide useful information about him.
The official website of the non-profit organisation founded by Nelson Mandela in 1999. The Nelson Mandela Foundation is focused on dialogue and advocacy, and memory and legacy work. This website contains a wealth of information on Mandela
- Select the Nelson Mandela tab at the top of the page.
- Choose Biography & Timelines.
- Select the biography link for information about Mandela's life and achievements.
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This is the official website of the History Channel.
- Do a keyword search for 'Nelson Mandela'.
- The search results include a biography, articles about Mandela's release from prison, and his inauguration as President of South Africa.
- Among the results is also an article outlining the history of apartheid.
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- Do a keyword search for Nelson Mandela.
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- The viewpoint essay about South Africa's post-apartheid government.
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The popular video site YouTube has many videos about Nelson
Mandela. Entering 'Nelson Mandela' in the search box brings
up a long list of results. We recommend the following videos:
- Nelson Mandela, 1964: 'I am prepared to die': An audio recording of Mandela's speech at trial in 1964.
- Mandela release from prison speech: Video of Mandela's speech after being released from prison (speech starts at 6:30).
- President Nelson Mandela Inauguration Speech May 10, 1994: Video of Mandela's Presidential inauguration, 1994.
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This EPIC database has primary source material including literary works as well as biographical information and literary criticism.
- Do a keyword search for 'Nelson Mandela'.
- Select the content type Primary Sources & Literary Works on the right hand side.
- In Prison With Nelson Mandela which is an interview with one of Mandela's fellow Robben Island inmates, is a great example of a primary source.
This EPIC database provides an overview of world history.
- Search for Nelson Mandela in the search box.
- Select Primary Sources on the right hand side of the page.
- The results include the transcript of Mandela's 1994 inauguration speech: Nelson Mandela's Address to the People of Cape Town, Grand Parade, on the Occasion of his Inauguration as State President, and a speech: Appeal for Action to Stop Repression and Trials in South Africa by his partner in the African National Congress, Oliver Tambo
There have been many books written about Nelson Mandela - check out your local public or school library to see what they have.
The prison letters of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela, Sahm Venter, Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela.
Long walk to freedom: the autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela.
Nelson Mandela: an extraordinary life by Ann Kramer.
Who Was Nelson Mandela? by Pam Pollack, Meg Belviso, Stephen Marchesi.
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