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Saving Nelson Mandela: The Rivonia Trial and the Fate of South Africa (Pivotal Moments in World History)


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When South Africa's apartheid government charged Nelson Mandela with planning its overthrow in 1963, most observers feared that he would be sentenced to death. But the support he and his fellow activists in the African National Congress received during his trial not only saved his life, but also enabled him to save his country.

In Saving Nelson Mandela, South African law expert Kenneth S. Broun recreates the trial--called the "Rivonia" Trial after the Johannesburg suburb where police seized Mandela. Based upon interviews with many of the case's primary figures and portions of the trial transcript, Broun situates readers inside the courtroom at the imposing Palace of Justice in Pretoria. Here, the trial unfolds through a dramatic narrative that captures the courage of the accused and their defense team, as well as the personal prejudices that colored the entire trial. The Rivonia trial had no jury and only a superficial aura of due process, combined with heavy security that symbolized the apartheid government's system of repression. Broun shows how outstanding advocacy, combined with widespread public support, in fact backfired on apartheid leaders, who sealed their own fate.

Despite his 27-year incarceration, Mandela's ultimate release helped move his country from the racial tyranny of apartheid toward democracy. As documented in this inspirational book, the Rivonia trial was a critical milestone that helped chart the end of Apartheid and the future of a new South Africa.

About the Author

Kenneth S. Broun is the Henry Brandis Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina Law School. Since 1986, he has traveled regularly to South Africa to conduct programs in trial advocacy training through the Black Lawyers Association of South Africa.

Table of Contents


1. The Trial Begins

2. Arrests and Escapes

3. The Lawyers and the Judge

4. South Africa and the World React

5. Preparing for Trial

6. A Pyrrhic Victory

7. The Case for the Prosecution

8. Mandela Speaks to the Court

9. The Other Defendants Make Their Case

10. Arguments

11. Pressures from Outside the Courtroom

12. Judgment and Sentencing

13. South Africa and the World React

14. Thinking about the Judgment and Sentence

15. Life After the Rivonia Trial

16. What Rivonia Meant for South Africa and the World

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Broun, Kenneth S
Oxford University Press, USA
Broun, Kenneth S.
History, World | Africa
World History-General
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6.4 x 9.3 x 1 in 1 lb

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