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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

For Mandela, harsh island jail was a crucible

Nelson Mandela and former President Clinton look to the outside from Mandela's Robben Island prison cell in Cape Town, South Africa. A half-century ago Nelson Mandela was taken as a prisoner to Robben Island, seven miles across the bay from Cape Town, where he would begin serving a life sentence for plotting to overthrow South Africa's racist apartheid system.