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From Prisoner to President: The World-Changing Work of Nelson Mandela

By Felix Kessler. Images Edited By Bloomberg Photos. - 2013-12-05T23:27:21Z

Photograph by Guy Tilliman/AFP via Getty Images

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While jailed, first on Robben Island off Cape Town, where he broke limestone in a quarry, and later in a warder’s house, Mandela refused to denounce the ANC’s armed struggle. In the late 1980s, he opened secret talks with the government.

Left, Mandela visits his former prison cell on Robben Island, off the coast of Cape Town, on Feb. 10, 1995.