"For The People"
In 507 BC, The Athenian leader Cleisthenes introduced a type of government he called demokratia, or “rule by the people”. This system had three main bodies: one for making laws, one for representing the people, and one for justifying laws. Each system kept each other in check.
Around 460 B.C., The democracy slowly evolved into aristocracy, which is when the best or highest ruled, instead of those the people. Democracy wouldn't be re-introduced until The United States of America, in 1776.
One of the most well known and politically influential person was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, otherwise known as Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi lived in South Africa for 21 years, battling the racial segregation and apartheid there.
"He founded a political movement, known as the Natal Indian Congress, and developed his theoretical belief in non-violent civil protest into a tangible political stance, when he opposed the introduction of registration for all Indians, within South Africa, via non-cooperation with the relevant civic authorities.”(History Staff, History.com)
Although Mahatma Gandhi was eventually assassinated, his legacy goes on, and many other famous and influential people used his teachings to better fight against certain injustices in their governments, like Martin Luther King Jr.
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