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From all over the world came words of praise for the peaceful little man who brought independence to India. Gandhi was the man who taught the world that revolutions could be won by 60 Gandhi Book 9/17/07 2:00 PM Page 61 peaceful resistance. Gandhi fought his battles without hatred. He preached kindness and tolerance to all. Martin Luther King Jr. was the Baptist preacher who led the civil rights movement in America in the 1950s and 1960s. He embraced Gandhi’s principles of nonviolence, even in the face of brutal attacks.

Again, Gandhi was arrested for his political activities. 49 Gandhi Book 9/17/07 2:00 PM Page 50 Gandhi fasted in prison. As he lay in the shade of a mango tree in the prison yard, he grew very weak. The British, afraid he would die in their hands, freed him. As Gandhi struggled for his goals, the personal tragedy of his relationship with his son, Harilal grew worse. Harilal was often drunk. He wrote mean letters to his father accusing him of being abusive. In 1936 Harilal became a Muslim. Gandhi was deeply saddened.

As Gandhi struggled for his goals, the personal tragedy of his relationship with his son, Harilal grew worse. Harilal was often drunk. He wrote mean letters to his father accusing him of being abusive. In 1936 Harilal became a Muslim. Gandhi was deeply saddened. In the 1930s the world was again moving toward a terrible war. Germany, under Adolf Hitler, was grabbing territory in Europe. Italy, under Benito Mussolini, attacked Ethiopia in Africa. Japan had invaded China. These three countries, Germany, Italy, and Japan formed a dangerous alliance 50 Gandhi Book 9/17/07 2:00 PM Page 51 called the Axis.

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