Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 27 years as a result of his efforts to bring racial harmony and equality to South Africa. He began his efforts as soon as he graduated from law school and founded the first black law f... More »

Nelson Mandela was released from prison because of internal and external political pressures that encouraged the South African government to end apartheid. In an effort to gain international favor and appease opposing fo... More »

In 1962, Nelson Mandela was convicted by the South African government on charges of inciting public strikes and leaving the country without permission. He was sentenced to five years in prison. More »

Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, 18 of which were spent at the infamously cruel Robben Island Prison in South Africa, where he was held from 1964 - 1982. Mandela was released from imprisonment in 1990 despite ... More » History Modern History

Nelson Mandela served a total of 27 years in prison, but his entire sentence was served in three different prisons. Mandela began serving his sentence in Robben Island before being transferred twice to both Pollsmoor Pri... More » History Modern History

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) was a president of South Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient. In South Africa, he is often called "Madiba," which was the name of the clan he was born into. More »

Nelson Mandela was found guilty of committing sabotage against South Africa's apartheid government. He was sentenced to life in prison for the crime. More »