After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance

After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance

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Overview

In 1908 Mohandas Gandhi spoke to a crowd of 3,000. Together they protested against an unjust law without guns or rioting. Peacefully they made a difference. Gandhi’s words and deeds influenced countless others to work toward the goals of freedom and justice through peaceful methods. Mother and son team, Anne Sibley O’Brien and Perry Edmond O’Brien, highlight some of the people and events that Gandhi’s actions inspired. From Rosa Parks to the students at Tiananmen Square to Wangari Maathai, these people have made the world sit up and take notice. The provocative graphics and beautiful portraits accompanying these stories stir the emotions and inspire a sense of civic responsibility.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580891301
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication date: 11/20/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 522,900
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

Anne Sibley O'Brien has illustrated more than twenty picture books, including WHAT WILL YOU BE, SARA MEE? and the Jamaica series by Juanita Havill. Anne has also illustrated a number of her own books, including THE LEGEND OF HONG KIL DONG: THE ROBIN HOOD OF KOREA, AFTER GANDHI: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE, and A PATH OF STARS. She lives on Peaks Island, Maine. Perry Edmond O’Brien is a former Army medic who served in Afghanistan and received an honorable discharge as a conscientious objector. He is the founder of www.peace-out.com, a website that helps servicemen navigate the conscientious objector application process. Perry majored in political theory at Cornell University and now works as a labor organizer in New York City.

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Since the 2009 release of After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance, the world has seen a surge in nonviolent movements. In country after country, people have used the power of mass gatherings to overthrow corrupt and tyrannical leaders. Around the globe, young people have organized to protest against police violence, environmental threats, and Islamophobia; and in support of immigrant justice, better education, and jobs that pay a living wage. In their 2011 book, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic on Nonviolent Conflict, researchers Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan shared their finding that “historically, nonviolent resistance campaigns have been more effective in achieving their goals than violent resistance campaigns.”
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Table of Contents

Contents

Map....................viii
Introduction....................1
1908 JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA Mohandas Gandhi Struggle for Indian Independence....................6
1947 RURAL VIETNAM Thich Nhat Hanh Vietnam War....................20
1955 MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, USA Rosa Parks Civil Rights Movement....................30
1962 CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA Nelson Mandela Antiapartheid Movement....................40
1963 Birmingham, Alabama, USA Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil Rights Movement....................50
1965 MOREE, AUSTRALIA Charles Perkins Aboriginal Rights Movement....................60
1965 DELANO, CALIFORNIA, USA César Chávez Farmworkers Strike....................68
1967 HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA Muhammad Ali Vietnam War Draft Resistance....................78
1967 BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland....................88
1977 BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA Madres de Plaza de Mayo Mothers of the Disappeared....................98
1989 A VILLAGE IN BURMA Aung San Suu Kyi Struggle for Democracy in Myanmar (Burma)....................108
1989 BEIJING, CHINA Student Activists of Tiananmen Square Fight for Participatory Democracy in Communist China....................118
1989 CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA Desmond Tutu Truth and Reconciliation Commission....................126
1989 PRAGUE, CZECHOSLOVAKIA Vaclav Havel Velvet Revolution....................136
1992 NAIROBI, KENYA Wangari Maathai Green Belt Movement....................146
2003 ACROSS THE PLANET Protests Against the War in Iraq....................156
The Future of Nonviolence....................160
Authors' Note....................164
Bibliography....................168
Acknowledgments....................175
Index....................177

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After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance overviews modern nonviolent movements by looking at a handful of practitioners who have brought about change using nonviolent resistance. The first and longest chapter, on Gandhi¿s importance in South Africa and later in India, establishes the methods and ideas that will bridge each of the varied movements that are presented in the book. From there, brief chapters take the reader on a tour of resistance movement across the globe, from Burma to Kenya, China to Argentina, Australia to the United States.Each of the short chapters begin by establishing the setting, using a charcoal drawing and the year in boldtype, and following that drawing with a few paragraphs of text that put the reader into the middle of that scene. While a few of the drawings were a little bit too abstract to really place the reader into the scene, the most effective drawings were a vivid introduction to a different place and time. The black and white image of an armed soldier running toward an unmoving monk in Vietnam or an angry mob standing off with a small group of protesters in Australia make the conflict that is laid out in the text feel more immediate.Using these drawings to set the scene is one part of what, on the whole, is a stunning job of designing this book. Every detail has clearly been thought out, from the heft of the paper to the beautiful typefaces. Chapters are bookended with the large, often chaotic scenes at the beginning, and lovely calm portraits of the subject at the end. The text is framed within large swaths of white space, making me think of books designed by William Morris. And beyond focusing the reader on the text and allowing space for their thoughts to wander while still on the page, the white space also sets off the wonderful quotes that slash across the pages in a beautiful block print, framed in red. They¿re so pretty that I kind of want to get one as a tattoo. This books is, without question, a joy to look at. I would have loved to have a note on the design included ¿ if nothing else, so I could know what typefaces were used!Much of the time it is also a joy to read. I was especially impressed by the choice of subjects, which covers a wide variety of people and places, and is careful to include women and people of many different ethnic and racial backgrounds. The authors also do an excellent job of mixing the people who we expect to see in a book like this one ¿ Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks ¿ with people who readers will have heard of but might not expect in this context ¿ Muhammed Ali and Cesar Chavez- and people and movements who most readers will never have heard of ¿ Charlies Perkins, Thich Nhat Hanh, Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams. Defining the time span at the last 100 years was a good choice, as it helps the book keep a tight focus, and also allows the reader to draw firm lines between the later resistance movement and their knowledge of Gandhi¿s nonviolent resistance.I had one major quibble with the text, which is that it sometimes seriously talks down to its readers. I wonder of the authors needed to do a better job of deciding who their audience was ¿ the ¿More to the Story¿ sections, which give further information about the countries and conflicts, sometimes seem to be written for a much younger age group than the primary sections. For instance, the ¿More to the Story¿ section in the chapter about Vaclav Havel defines words like ¿intellectual,¿ ¿underground,¿ and ¿blacklisted¿ ¿ words that readers have already been exposed to in the main chapter, and which could have been defined contextually rather than dropping a random dictionary definition into the text. I appreciate that the authors are probably trying to expand the possible readership, but I think that putting some trust in readers to find a dictionary or ask a question when necessary would have served them better. When the authors do have that tru