How Did Mao Change China

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In a quote from Mao in the early 1980’s, he said, “All great men are seven parts good and three parts bad.” However he only fulfilled this a few times at the beginning of his career as the leader of China. Although Mao did live up to his words by first directing his focus to the people, he soon changed and became the opposite of what he had described a great man to be by ultimately focussing on himself. This caused there to be chaos to erupt later. Mao was, at one point, the great man he had described when he first came into power because he wanted to make China seem like a promise land where people could have different freedoms. He did this by creating different reforms and laws to give people the China they wanted. One of the reforms …show more content…
Because Mao did this, he gained support and created the Marriage Law in 1950 to make himself even more supportive of everyone else. This law allowed men and women to have the same rights for marriage and divorce, and included abolished arranged marriages. One of the most altered parts of the law was allowing women to divorce their husbands when they wanted to because they hadn’t had that right in the past. Both of these laws gave the power that he had promised to the peasants and he even went a step further to ask them their opinions on his leadership and what they wanted to improve. However, the people, to Mao’s surprise, weren’t completely happy with him and wanted to change some of his rules. When the power began to go to Mao’s head, he made many poor decisions like overproducing items and encouraging violence among the Chinese citizens. The Hundred Flowers Campaign was one of the first bad moves from Mao and one of the first ways Mao turned to be 70% bad. The Hundred Flowers Campaign was a movement from Mao that launched an anti-rightist campaign and sent tons more people to be re-educated by the peasants and eliminated intellectuals (Green 243) when he heard that not everybody loved what he was doing. In the Common Program of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, one article stated, “The People’s Republic

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