CHRONOLOGY
CHRONOLOGY
1918, 18JulyNelson Mandela is born at Mvezo, on the Mbashe river, Transkei
1926, JanuaryBegins attending school in Qunu and is given an English name, Nelson
1928Mandela's father, Henry Gadla Mphakanyisa Mandela, dies. Nelson accepted as a ward by the Thembu Regent, Jongintaba Dalindyebo, and travels to Mqhekezweni to live at the Regent's Great Place
1934Initiation and circumcision
1935, JanuaryEnrols at Clarkebury School
1937, JanuaryEnrols at Healdtown School to complete senior certificate
1939, FebruaryEnrols for BA degree at Fort Hare University
1939, 4 SeptemberSouth African declaration of war on Germany
1940, NovemberExpelled from Fort Hare after refusing to serve on the Student Representative Council (SRC)
1941, AprilSells two of Jongintaba's oxen and travels to Johannesburg with Justice, Jongintaba's son
1941, AprilWorks briefly as a company policeman at Crown Mines, Johannesburg
1941Meets Walter Sisulu, who finds Mandela clerical employment and the prospect of an articled clerkship with a legal firm, Witken, Sidelsky & Eidelman. Registers to complete his degree through correspondence. Lives in Alexandra
1941Starts attending African National Congress (ANC) meetings with Guar Radebe
1942Joins ANC
1942Moves from Alexandra to stay with fellow clansman at the Witwatersrand Native Labour Compound
1942, DecemberBA Graduation at Fort Hare

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • List of Plates xiv
  • List of Abbreviations xvi
  • 1: Childhood and Upbringing 1
  • 2: Becoming a Notable 19
  • 3: Volunteer-In-Chief 43
  • 4: Making a Messiah 81
  • 5: Trials 103
  • 6: Prisoner 466/64 116
  • 7: Leading from Prison 147
  • 8: Messianic Politics and the Transition to Democracy 167
  • 9: Embodying the Nation 204
  • Endnotes 227
  • Chronology 252
  • Further Reading 262
  • Index 265
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