Mohandas Karamochad Gandhi

By: Kimberly Camper

Brief Background

In 1906, after the Transvaal government passed an ordinance regarding the registration of its Indian population, Gandhi led a campaign of civil disobedience that would last for the next eight years. In 1913, hundreds of Indians living in South Africa, even women were jailed. And thousands of Indian's who were on strike were imprisoned, flogged and even shot. Finally, under pressure from the British and Indian governments, the government of South Africa accepted a compromise negotiated by Gandhi and General Jan Christian Smuts, which included important concessions such as the recognition of Indian marriages and the abolition of the existing poll tax for Indians.

Mini Bio: Gandhi

Mohandas Gandhi and Civil Disobedience

Mohandas Karamochad Gandhi represents ideas found in Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" because he realized that what the government was doing wrong and decided that it was time to take a stand. he decided that he was not going to live his life the way the government told him to.