Mahatma Ghandhi

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Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi was a social and political reformer whose career was marked by nonviolence, compassion, and tolerance. Trace Gandhi's story from his humble beginnings, through his awakening as a reformer in South Africa, to his historic fasts and the achievement of India's independence from Britain. Then look carefully at some of the issues surrounding Gandhi's career and examine evidence from opposing perspectives as to whether his methods were successful and his goals were achieved. Judge for ...
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Overview

Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi was a social and political reformer whose career was marked by nonviolence, compassion, and tolerance. Trace Gandhi's story from his humble beginnings, through his awakening as a reformer in South Africa, to his historic fasts and the achievement of India's independence from Britain. Then look carefully at some of the issues surrounding Gandhi's career and examine evidence from opposing perspectives as to whether his methods were successful and his goals were achieved. Judge for yourself which side is more correct.
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Children's Literature
This biography is divided into two sections: first, a chronological account of Gandhi's life, and second, a series of pages that raise questions for discussion and debate. Pros and cons are presented along a number of dimensions. Was Gandhi a saint or a politician? Was satyagraha a system for moral persuasion, or was it coercive in effect if not intent? Social reform, aid to the untouchable classes, and the impact of Gandhi's ideas on the world are similarly examined in some depth, raising questions and offering arguments for different views of the same historical facts and events. Admittedly some of the points offered are an argumentative stretch but they do stimulate critical thought and sometimes even force an opinion or challenge a reader to reach for the next logical set of questions. Archival photographs and maps illustrate the text. Additional background information pages offer context on the British Raj and the religions of India. A glossary and index are included. This book is part of the "Judge for Yourself" series. Other titles include Martin Luther King, Jr., Catherine the Great, and Mao Zedong. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.
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Gr 6-9-These books are divided into two sections. The first offers solid biographical information and delves into the subject's philosophical and spiritual journeys, and influences. The second part, "Judge for Yourself," presents issues for debate based on the leader's life, such as whether Gandhi was a saint or a politician. Both sides of a topic are explored, making use of the earlier material and supported with excerpts from primary sources. Readers are then asked to draw their own conclusions and are encouraged to do further research. Numerous black-and-white and color photos, illustrations, and sidebars extend the texts. The suggestion that students think beyond the facts makes these books stand out from other biographies.-Tracy Karbel, Glenside Public Library District, Glendale Heights, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836855616
  • Publisher: World Almanac Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Series: Judge for Yourself Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Chapter 1 The Early Years 6
Chapter 2 South Africa 12
Special Features: The Raj 20
Chapter 3 A New Struggle 22
Special Features: The Religions of India 28
Chapter 4 Toward Independence 30
Chapter 5 The Final Years 36
Saint or Politician? 42
Satyagraha--Conversion or Coercion? 46
Social Reform--Success or Failure? 50
Aid to the Untouchables--Success or Failure? 54
Gandhi's Ideals--Lasting or Lost? 58
Glossary 62
Index 64
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