This is a collection of Nelson Mandela's articles, speeches, letters from underground and the transcripts of his trials. The articles illustrate the magnetic attraction of one of the foremost campaigners for freedom Africa has ever known....
|Title||:||No Easy Walk to Freedom|
|Number of Pages||:||192 Pages|
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No Easy Walk to Freedom Reviews
A book that truly highlights the power of humanity to defy the odds and fight against oppression. It demonstrates that as human beings we are more powerful than we think we are.
A must read. Mandela is a hero - his experience, resistance and hope in the face of adversity is a model.
Nelson Mandela is a hero so I was eager to read his No Easy Walk to Freedom speech, which is one of the many speeches/writings/essays of his included in this short book.It left me wanting to read his auto-biography. There is much we can all learn from him.
This book is a compilation of political writings, by Nelson Mandela, from the 1950's and 1960's. Transcripts (though only partial) from two separate trials are also included. I did not finish this book completely because many of the articles he wrote were very similar in content. At some future date I would like to read his autobiography along with this book; reading articles in context with his life and the history of South Africa. Mandela was an accomplished writer, a passionate political organizer, and a pragmatist who would change his mind about a policy if he found it did not work (like redistribution of land - he saw the negative side effects unfold in other African countries when this went into practice). Writing a great deal about the abuses under apartheid he upheld the principal of non-violence for a fair length of time. He clearly defined abuses and and wrongs levelled against blacks, coloreds, Indians, etc. Some of these included:-Bantu education (inferior job training education for tribal children - only prepared them to work in mines and do other menial work).-Pass laws -The Native Urban Areas Act - "The breaking up of African homes and families and the forcible separation of children from mothers, the harsh treatment meted out to African prisoners, and the forcible detention of Africans in farm colonies for spurious statutory offences are a few examples of the actual workings of the hideous and pernicious doctrines of racial inequality."-"the denial to the non-European people of the elementary rights of free citizenship"-"the splitting of Africans into small hostile tribal units"-Many other laws the denied non-Europeans the right to own land, start businesses, live where they wanted, walk on the streets during the day, etc.The Congress of the People, held in 1955, culminated in writing a Freedom Charter (taken from resolutions from many meetings over the years). The main points of this include:1. The people shall govern2. All national groups shall have equal rights3. The people shall share in the country's wealth4. The land shall be shared among those who work it5. All shall be equal before the law6. All shall enjoy equal human rights7. There shall be work and security8. The doors of learning and culture shall be opened9. There shall be houses, security, and comfort10. There shall be peace and friendshipNow, I take issue with many points on the list (excepting #1, 2, 5, 6 - although in a very classical liberal way). It is interesting to read the rights desired by a people who have been enslaved and have never really known freedom.
I mused over some texts in this book. I was irked so much that I couldn't finish this little book. The following link leads to my review on my blog.http://freduagyeman.blogspot.com/2009...thanks
For Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge #8.
Nelson Mandela's life in a not too easy environment.
I love this book!! You can find every detail about Nelson Mandela's life under apartheid, and South Africas struggles to end apartheid. I Realy recommend this book !!!