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Category Archives: Long Walk to Freedom
1. We see the government crackdown on dissent after anti-apartheid protests. Does this seem to be an effective strategy? Do past examples of government repression in other parts of the world support or discredit its effectiveness? 2. What do you think Mandela means when he says “I have fought against white domination, and I have… Continue reading
Why did Mandela, Walter and Govan decide not to appeal their sentence in the Rivonia Trial (Page 373)? Do you think this was effective? Mandela writes, “Nothing is more dehumanising than the absence of human companionship” (Page 334). This was one of the many sacrifices he made as a freedom fighter. Do you think being… Continue reading
1. What does Nelson Mandela’s push for violence say about him as a leader and the situation facing his people? 2. What does the extreme punishment that Mandela and his family faces for his actions with the ANC reveal about the progress he has made in the move against the government? 3. How does Mandela… Continue reading
1.During the Rivonia trial, Nelson Mandela chooses to make a statement rather than remain silent or give evidence which opened him to cross-examination. What effect do you think it had on the judge in the courtroom and those outside South Africa who were observing this trial? 2. Why do you think the ANC, which had been committed to a policy… Continue reading
In his testimony to Justice Rumpff, Mandela indicates that he would accepts incremental and gradual reforms, such as the granting of 60 seats in Parliament to the black population of Africa, in exchange for suspending civil disobedience for five years. How does this approach to reform contrast with other approached we have seen in Africa,… Continue reading
1. How did the shooting at Sharpeville change the situation in South Africa? And how did Mandela and the ANC respond? 2. Mandela talks about the “idealistic picture of the egalitarian nature of African society” and his own experience when he was in disguise as a servant. How did his experience challenge this idealistic picture?… Continue reading
1. Mandela suffers many setbacks when it comes to education. Who are some other famous examples from history that suffered similarly and why do you think this is so? 2. We see several examples of struggle between British and African culture, such as Mandela’s taking of both an English and traditional name. What are some… Continue reading
On page 97, Mandela quotes Lembede’s views on nationalism, including that nationalism has been found “to be the only antidote against foreign rule and modern imperialism.” What do you think of this in light of what we have studied in the lectures, readings and watching Lumumba? Is this true? Do you think Mandela was right… Continue reading
We learn that Mandela’s mother became a Christian, wheareas his father retained the Xhosa faith? Will this multi-faith upbringing have an impact on Mandela’s approach to ending apartheid? How did the 1946 protests of Indians against the Asiatic Land Tenure Act influence Mandela’s approach to resistance against the government of South Africa? Many scholars of… Continue reading
1. In Chapter 10, Mandela talks about the differences in support between the wealthy and the poor. Do you think this helped aid the creation of the ANC? 2. Mandela mentions fading tribalism and traditions with mixed feelings. How did those cultures and changes impact the ANC and his personal life? 3. For a long… Continue reading