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Luci Yang

Ellen and Asher

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5/6/13

The beginning of the book, Nelson Mandela and Apartheid in World History (2001) Ann Graham Gaines, tells us Mandela's personal story with a summary of early South African history and the rise and fall of apartheid. Gaines starts off by telling us how Mandela and F.W. de Klerk had made headlines in the newspapers all around the world; they both accepted the Nobel Peace Prize. Gaines writes this piece in order to show how life was during the Apartheid. Her audience appears to be anyone who cares or wants to know what happened during the Apartheid.

“His father was a chief,” by telling us this, it lets us know that while Mandela was growing up, he must have grown a love for South Africa, wanting to make it better. Ann later on tells us how F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela have worked together to make “dramatic” changes in South Africa. I assume Ann uses the word “dramatic” to tell us, how much Mandela and Klerk have done for not only South Africa but also in history. After that, Ann has a whole chapter talking about the struggle South Africa had without Mandela, while he was running away because he was accused of treason.

The book was informing. It let me understand how difficult life was as a black African during the apartheid. The book also makes me realize how lucky we are to live like we do today. Thanks to the people who cared, they are the reason why we are able to have freedom today. For example, we’re allowed to use the same hospitals and get the same amount of resect and treatment.
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