Mao Zedong

Andrew Jenders, Chapter 14, Hour 1

Early Years

Mao Zedong was born to a peasant farmer family in Shaoshan, China in 1893. He went to school until he was about 13. He then was taken out of school to start a full time job at his family's farm. He was the rebellious against his parents and he left to go back and get an education. He tried many different schools but then became an educator. It was when getting an education he was exposed to Western ideas like Marxism, similar to communism.

Mao Zedong and Communism

During the May Fourth Movement is when Mao Started to rebel for a communist China. He started the CCP (Chinese Communist Party). He became enemies with the nationalist and gained followers. However there was two times that the Communists and the Nationalists teamed up. The first was to rid warlords of northern China. The second time was when Japan invaded the northeast. Civil war then broke out. Afterwards, the Nationalists went one way and the Communists went the other. Mao then founded and started to rule the Peoples Republic of China. The following video will highlight some of the things Mao did as a leader in China.

"In times of difficulties, we must not lose sight of our achievements." - Mao Zedong

Legacy in China

Mao Zedong left an everlasting impression on China. There are many things that he did that were positive and negative that will never be forgotten. He was one of the biggest revolutionaries in China. During the cultural revolution however, many things that he did changed China. He was also responsible for many deaths to the Chinese people. There are ways that he still influences people today. Maoism is a following that is practiced by other countries around the Southeast Asian area. These are just a few ways that Mao Zedong has an everlasting impression. The picture shows a portrait of Mao Zedong in Beijing.

My Reaction

I was interested to learn more about the leader of communism in China since it wasn't covered so broadly in our books. This project definitely gave me some more background on who Mao Zedong was and what he did in communism and for the country of China. I also think that I really was able to explore and to expand my knowledge on why Mao Zedong is such a huge legacy in China.

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