In the 20th century, the great leader Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King jr. all use nonviolence to bring about change to their respective countries. What made non-violence work was the Charisma of the leaders to persuade the people to not fight back, the peaceful protesters and the leader’s willingness to accept their punishment, and their struggle for Unity
In order for nonviolence to work, people have to be nonviolent. Each of these leaders were so powerful that they convicted even aggressive people to fight by not fighting.
In Mandela’s case, he viewed non resistance as the only way to bring democracy to everyone in South Africa because the government was many times more powerful than the movement( document 3). if Mandela had used violence, his people would have been hopelessly crushed and would remain oppressed. Martin Luther King persuaded all of his volunteers to give up all weapons before going to a protest( document 5).he convinced the volunteers that all they needed to have was the ideology that they were right. Gandhi wrote a letter to Lord Irwin stating that if something is not done about the Injustice of the British, he would lead a protest on the salt laws( document 1).
Non-resistance works so well because the peaceful protests gave off such a powerful message. Mandela pained for volunteers to not real estate even when they are being attacked( document 6)He convinced people fighting back with ultimately leave the failure King took part in counter sit-ins were black people peacefully protested segregated counters( document one). The Peace of the moment showed how extremely terrible and hateful the majority of white people were at the time. After Gandhi was arrested, one English man documented Mne. Naidu ,Leading a peaceful protest that led to hundreds of people getting beaten without flinching a muscle( document 4).
the cruelty was so great that even the English man had to turn away from the gross and sickening display. One of the key factors that made non violence work was, that the leaders openly accepted their punishments. Gandhi did not hesitate to go to jail, where he spent 3228 days in jail total( document 7). King noted that people Rush down to the police station to be arrested in the Montgomery Bus Boycott( document 8). he himself was arrested 37 times and jailed 14 times. Nelson Mandela discuss with other fishel’s what would happen if they received the death sentence( document 9). He was prepared to die knowing that he would Inspire more people to fight for democracy.
Finally, nonviolence works because all the leaders made an effort to unify their country. After the British became more violent, Gandhi tried to appease the British by protesting with peace( document 10). salt on the Lion’s Tail represent Gandhi effort to pacify the British. Martin Luther King address in his speech that he would like to see white and black people integrate together without hatred.( document 11). In this perspective, King is a hero for all of America by unifying it regardless of skin color. Mandela discovers in prison that he wanted freedom for all the people in South Africa. ( document 12)
When both side Stand Together, everyone wins in the battle for democracy. Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King jr. Are all incredible people who stood up for social equality through nonviolent ways they lead the world to become a greater place. They all persuaded their people to peacefully protest and to not resist their attackers. They all sacrificed things to unify their country.