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JUL 03, 2013 - The Nation

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Tom Paine, Nelson Mandela and “The Birth of a New World.”

During the decades of his imprisonment by South Africa’s apartheid regime, Nelson Mandela read widely and deeply from the historical and philosophical texts of the ages. Mandela sampled from the global canon. Yet he took a special interest in the record of American revolt against empire The events of July 4, 1776, have across the long arc of history captured the imaginations of men and women who would build nations far beyond the borders of the United States. And that was certainly the case with Mandela. When I covered him on his 1990 tour of the United States and during ... Read More

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