The Social Change : Mahatma Gandhi 's Salt March Essays

1841 Words Dec 11th, 2016 8 Pages
“Innovation is always the work of many. One person can change the world, but their success depends on help from others and on the economic, social, and political context of their time and place.” For as long as conflicts have existed in society, citizens have been inspired by their personal experiences or fascinations with the conflict to attempt to create social change. From Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling before the National Anthem to raise awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement, to the release of Kony 2012 to inform the public of the inhumane use of child soldiers in Africa, to the Occupy Wall Street movement to protest global economic inequality, ordinary citizens will always find a reason to fight if what they believe in is being challenged. Over the last hundred years, four important figures have demonstrated that no matter how audacious the movements they create can be, their attempts to create significant social change are meaningless if not for other supporters and the context of their movement. First of all, Mahatma Gandhi’s salt march would not have the same success if lacked the followers necessary to make his statement meaningful or if salt was easily accessible in India during that time. Second of all, if Rosa Parks never created the large network of civil rights activists she would need to initiate the Montgomery bus boycott, her story would simply be a story of a stubborn lady who refused to obey the laws. Additionally, Rachel Carson’s publications would…

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