Did you know that large nonviolent campaigns go back at least as far as the
ancient Romans, whose workers staged a major walk-out in 494 B. C.? Did you
know that several brutal dictatorships and entrenched empires have been
toppled by nonviolent movements? Did you know this has been going on
throughout history, all over the world, by people of different religions and
backgrounds? Even governments have engaged in nonviolence. The first
organized nonviolent army was by Muslims!
This book gives short stories of some of the major nonviolent actions that have
succeeded. Each page has separate cases, so pages can be photocopied for history
or other social studies classes to enrich understanding of different peoples
and times. Young people can learn about the part of history that war-focused
texts tend to overlook. Adults can be educated with an overview of the broad
span of how well nonviolent action has worked in the past. Both can learn the
basics of the history of nonviolent action.