After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance
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After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance

by Anne Sibley O'Brien, Perry Edmond O'Brien
     
 

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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

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.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Anne Sibley O'Brien's compelling jacket illustration leads the eye visually in much the way that the text in this beautifully crafted book leads the reader through the last one hundred years of nonviolent resistance in the world. People marching through time, carrying signs, gathering in numbers, form a roughly pyramidal shape against white space. Atop the pyramid is a lonely figure, cane in hand, ahead of his time. An introduction makes Mohandas K. Gandhi's work accessible to young readers in the context of this book's intent. His life's journey from 1908 onward is examined in a brief chapter, starting with his earliest work in South Africa and ending with his assassination in 1948. Similarly positioned narratives follow, contextualizing the lives and work of peacemakers who came after Gandhi, many of whom were influenced by his thought and work. They are, in order, Thich Nhat Hanh, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., Australian Aboriginal rights advocate Charles Perkins, Cesar Chavez, Muhammad Ali in his role as draft resister, Irish Peace People founders Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams, Azucena Villaflor de Vincenti of the Argentinean Mothers of the Disappeared, Aung San Suu Kyi, the student activist of Tiananmen Square, Desmond Tutu, Vaclav Havel, and Wangari Maathai. The 2003 worldwide protests against the Iraq war find room here as well, as does a speculative chapter on the future of nonviolence. A touching note in the backmatter speaks to the personal involvement of the authors, mother and son, in the 2006 Veterans and Survivors March for Peace and Justice. A detailed annotated bibliography and index round out this book. Informative and inspiring, AfterGandhi speaks to young readers in a simple, compelling, and greatly needed voice. Reviewer: Uma Krishnaswami
School Library Journal

Gr 6-10

It's been a century since a young lawyer named Mohandas Gandhi peacefully defied the British Empire in support of Indian laborers working in South Africa. In this book, a mother-son team of social activists trace the impact of that seminal event, highlighting the subsequent, worldwide history of nonviolent resistance through understandable text and rich portraits and illustrations. The book does an admirable job of clarifying complex conflicts and conveying that the truth eventually prevails when persistently applied, even against the most malevolent regimes. Coverage includes dozens of examples profiling the durable courage of leaders like Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Václev Havel, and Wangari Maathai and ending with a chapter on the role of nonviolence in shaping the future.-Jeffrey Hastings, Highlander Way Middle School, Howell, MI

Kirkus Reviews
Aside from the smudgy pastel illustrations provided by Anne Sibley O'Brien, this mother-and-son effort earns high marks both for adding less-celebrated names to the pantheon of peacemongers and for noting that the nonviolent approach to civil protest doesn't always work-which makes the courage of those who engage in it all the more exemplary. Each of the 16 chronologically arranged chapters highlights a particular event, from the Gandhi-led mass burning of Indian registration documents in 1908 Johannesburg to the worldwide anti-Iraq war protest on February 5, 2003, then closes with a set of rubrics that add detail or historical background. Along with the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhammad Ali and Cesar Chavez, young readers will meet-and come away admiring-Vietnam's Thich Nhat Hanh, Australian Charles Perkins and the Students For Aboriginal Action, Belfast's Peace People, the Mothers of the Disappeared in Buenos Aires and others who understood that "nonviolence is the weapon of the strong." Might that admiration grow into emulation in some? (annotated bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-13)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580891295
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2009
Edition description:
New
Pages:
181
Sales rank:
1,250,107
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1080L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet 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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