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The Anc And Nelson Mandela's Contributions To Ending Apartheid

742 words - 3 pages

“In my country we go to prison first and then become President”. Nelson Mandela along with the ANC made what seemed impossible a reality. In this essay you will find out how the ANC was successful against Apartheid. I will also inform you about Nelson Mandela, and before and after the apartheid.

Black Africans after WWII ended in 1945 were so proud that they helped stop racism in Nazi Germany, but the the battle was only beginning for these people as work had to be done in their own country. Any coloured person was sent to live in what was called “ghettos” were the living conditions were poor. Nelson Mandela was no different.

From a young age Nelson had a vision of right , wrong and equality. This was demonstrated early when Nelson was organising protests, for example: At Fort Hare Missionary College where he was expelled for organising a strike against white colonial. In 1942 Nelson joined the African National Congress (ANC) which back then worked well with the government. Soon enough Nelson persuaded the ANC to use different tactics, like boycotting and strikes. Due to his plans he was arrested and wasn't allowed to attend gatherings. Although Nelson was expelled from school, in his spare time he studied to be a lawyer to stand up for blacks. During his time studying he felt more deeply about the apartheid.

After the Shapeville massacre where many blacks were killed. Nelson created the MK which was the military side of the ANC. He arranged training for the soldiers, and launched a sabotage campaign against the government. This action saw Nelson being arrested and imprisoned for the next 28 years of his life. During this time the ANC continued and Nelson continued to support the ANC.

When he arrived at Robben Island he refused to do what the guards ordered. He organised a hunger strike for better living conditions which he won. While Nelson was imprisoned he was offered freedom if he stopped his violent actions, he was a strong man who believed in his cause, so he refused this offer and continued to fight for equality.

After his release from prison in 1990 Nelson was made Deputy President of the ANC....

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