Essay on Gandhi As A Model For The Civil Rights Movement

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Gandhi’s contributions to history were extremely important. His beliefs and way of thinking influenced the lives of many. Gandhi served as a model for the civil rights movements in the United States and South Africa. He fought for the independence of India from British control and defended the rights of those who were poor. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who was also known as “Mahatma” (Great Soul), was born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, which is the present-day Indian state of Gujarat. His father was the Prime Minister of Porbandar, and his mother was extremely religious and practiced the religion of Vaishnavism. This religion was influenced by Jainism, which taught “compassion toward all sentient beings, vegetarianism, fasting for self-purification, and interfaith tolerance,” (book). It also had an emphasis on a simple lifestyle and nonviolence.
Gandhi moved to London when he was 19 to study law at University College London. He found people with beliefs similar to his. The Theosophical Society helped him go back to the Hindu principles he was taught as a child and influenced him to “[formulate] his own ideas about the essential unity of all peoples and religions,” (bbc). After he passed the bar, he accepted a job with an Indian company that sent him to one of their offices in Natal, South Africa. There, he experienced discrimination and intense racial segregation, which made him angry.
The experience that influenced him the most was when he was “thrown out of a…

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