Homework: Nelson Mandela Videos

Your homework this weekend is to read your Nelson Mandela packet and respond the prompt on page 10.  The following videos are referenced in your packet.  Please take the time to watch them all in preparation for a quiz in class on Monday, May 22. For starters, this short BBC video explaining Apartheid (Apartheid: 46 Years in 90 Seconds) may help you prepare for reading your packet:


First, there is a video biography on this History Channel webpage referenced on page 1 of your packet:  http://www.history.com/topics/nelson-mandela (6 minutes)

Next, from page 2 of your packet, please watch BBC:  The Story of Nelson Mandela (8 minutes):

Then, you can watch the historic CNN video of Nelson Mandela’s release from Robben Island prison, referenced on page 5 of your packet (2.5 minutes):

Last, here is Nelson Mandela’s famous speech after being elected president that is referenced on page 6 of your packet (2 minutes) where you will see the transcript for this speech so you can read along as you watch.

For good measure, I am also including a video about the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) which was a landmark effort to heal the wounds of Apartheid in which South Africans could congress crimes they had committed in exchange for amnesty (not being put on trial for the crime).  As the video explains, elements of the TRC were controversial, and it raised essential question for us as historians: “Is human society capable of achieving both justice and reconciliation for past wrongs?”


And just for fun, here is a video of a song produced by the rockstar Steven “Little Steven” Van Zandt (guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s band) whose group “Artists United Against Apartheid” organized a boycott of the whites-only South African resort called Sun City.  Some of the artists may be recognizable to you, but all of them were very famous in Mr. Wentworth’s youth.  Enjoy!

If you are interested in learning more about Apartheid or Nelson Mandela, there is no shortage of incredible movies you can watch.  Click here for a list of the Top Ten.



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