In Gandhi's early life he was very wealthy. He studied in England to become a lawyer. Gandhi was from India and of the Hindu religion. Although Gandhi believed in Hinduism he believed that all religions are equal with their teachings of eternal truth and wisdom. Most importantly, Gandhi believed in nonviolence, compassion for others and the power of truth..
Gandhi set off to study in Africa. He bought a first class ticket for the train to Africa. But Gandhi was completely oblivious to apartheid in Africa.
A man on the train saw that someone of color was sitting in the first class section on the train and not in the back of the train. That person told the captain and then they threw Gandhi off of the train.
The separation of whites and blacks made Gandhi feel the need to make change. Gandhi started to make speeches, protesting about the horrible British rule. Gandhi's speeches began to draw large audiences and attention. It wasn't before long until Gandhi had enough people to start a movement to gain independence for Africa and Asia.
When Gandhi saw that anyone of color had to use a pass card to go anywhere, he wanted to end the use of them. To try and end the use of them he decided to burn them. When the police officers saw him burning the passes they got mad at him. They warned him to stop but Gandhi did not want to because he wanted to stop apartheid. After a few warnings from the police officers they started to strike Gandhi with their weapons. Gandhi did not fight back because he was determined that he could achieve independence without the use of violence. This is an example of civil disobedience.
Gandhi went back to India to relearn about his country. While Gandhi was in India he spoke about his ideas and beliefs to the countryman of India to get their support for Indian independence. Gandhi became a known figure and symbol of advocacy towards civil and human rights in India.
Gandhi started to get followers who agreed with his views. He would give speeches to the people of India about was needed in order to achieve independence. He would tell the people that there shall be no violence. He would also tell them that they should not buy from the British and that they should spin their own clothes.
Gandhi would start marching to places were Indians weren't allowed because those places were owned by England. When he was marching thousands would join him in support of his belief to get independence.
Gandhi spun his own clothes so that he wouldn't have to pay money to the British. This is an example of Gandhi boycotting.
Gandhi fasted when violence occurred. When Gandhi announced that he was fasting people would almost automatically realize their wrong doings and stop their behavior.
One of Gandhi's great movements to reach independence was the Salt March. This march was 240 miles long. The Indian people marched to the Indian ocean to make their own salt. They thought that because an ocean is named after them that the should have control over it. So Gandhi went to the ocean to make his own salt.
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