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CLIP 10218

Nelson Mandela: we never felt hopeless

Nelson Mandela: we never felt hopeless
Key Info
  • Nelson Mandela: we never felt hopeless
  • Duration: 06:07
  • Reporter James Robbins interviews a recently released Nelson Mandela at his Soweto home. He describes the positive attitude he developed to cope with the harsh prison regime at Robben Island. He claims that he never felt a sense of despair, taking inspiration from supporters around the world. He goes on to describe his determination to campaign for full democracy in South Africa and acknowledges the concerns of white South Africans under such a system in which they would be the minority. Finally, he says he is unconcerned at living up to his 'legendary' image as he has the support of the ANC behind him. This BBC News clip is published as part of BBC News Online and was first broadcast on 14 February 1990. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
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  • Keywords: apartheid, Mandela, prison, human rights, democracy, politics, Robben Island, leadership, ANC, Africa, belief, south africa
Ideas for use in class
  • An example of primary evidence, recorded very shortly after Mr Mandela's release from prison - it could be compared to the events that followed to assess to what extent Mandela and the ANC were able to achieve the stated aims. Discuss Mr Mandela's assertion that successes and failures are collective, not down to individuals - to what extent do you agree? Is it possible to say that events in history are driven by individual actions, or by group ones?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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