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Stewart: Lincoln and Mandela “combined exceptional generosity of spirit with gritty political skills”

In a column on the leadership and legacy of Nelson Mandela, Canadian journalist Brian Stewart compares the late South African leader to Abraham Lincoln:

Not for nothing has he been called the “Lincoln of Africa” and likened to the most revered president in U.S. history.

But we shouldn’t overlook the fact that both leaders combined exceptional generosity of spirit with gritty political skills.

They were able to summon forth the better angels of human nature without ever losing sight of the flawed and power-obsessed character of so many of those they had to convince and lead through desperate times.

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Lincoln and Mandela

It’s not only Americans who take their national heroes and see how they measure up to Lincoln.  An editorialist used the occasion of Nelson Mandela’s birthday to compare his legacy with that of the Great Emancipator.

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