He was a child of royalty; born and raised to defend tradition. But his African name-Rolihlahla, meaning 'tree shaker' - hinted at a very different future. Nelson Mandela would spend most of his life shaking his country to its roots. In South Africa, Europeans had invented a bizarre system called apartheid. Merciless laws kept power and wealth in the hands of whites while treating the Africans as foreigners in their own land. For challenging this cruel system Mandela would be condemned as his country's most notorious outlaw and imprisoned for 27 years. He would emerge to lead a peaceful revolution, becoming the father of a new South Africa and one of the world's most inspiring heroes. This is his story.
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