Nelson Mandela 's End Apartheid Essay

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Nelson Mandela Negotiations to End Apartheid
The late Nelson Mandela will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the greatest negotiators in history. According to Harvard Law School professor Robert Mnookin, Mandela was “the greatest negotiator of the twentieth century” as he stated in his book, Bargaining with the Devil, When to Negotiate, When to Fight (Mnookin, 2010).
Nelson Mandela was born Rolihlahla Mandela in the village of Mvezo, Transkei, South Africa on 18 July, 1918. His name meant ‘trouble maker”, a name some would say fit him perfectly. He came from a long line of leaders. He was born into a royal family in 1918; his grandfather was king of the Thembu people. Mandela’s father, Hendry, was an advisor to the Thembu royal family. Mandela was one of 13 children and the youngest of four boys. He was the first in his family to go to school where as was the custom the English name ‘Nelson’ was given to him by a teacher. When Mandela was about 12 years old his father died and Mandela was apportioned to the regent of the Thembu people where he learned the art of leadership. Mandela watched the regent lead council meetings and run the village 's business. The older men in the village taught him about their cultural heritage. It was during this time in his life that Mandela was exposed to the inequality of life in South Africa. The minority whites enjoyed political supremacy at the expense of the black population who were denied basic rights. The young Mandela attended…

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