A Taste of Freedom: Gandhi and the Great Salt March

by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel and Guiliano Ferri

Gandhi’s Salt March in 1930 was a peaceful act of defiance in which he led... read more

Gandhi’s Salt March in 1930 was a peaceful act of defiance in which he led thousands of his followers more than 240 miles to the beach to make salt, so that they could take back “what Mother India gave us.” Law required that Indians purchase salt from the British who ruled their land. It was an inspired and inspiring protest that helped Indians unite in their quest for freedom from British rule. In this fictionalized account, an old man recalls participating in the Salt March as a boy after Gandhi and his followers pass through his village. “It is as real to me as if it happened this morning. Reaching into that muddy sand. Taking a pebble of salt, and touching it to my tongue. No one ever forgets their first taste of freedom.” A compelling narrative voice is set against soft, lushly colored illustrations. An afterword provides additional information and context for the story. (Ages 6–10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015

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