Greatest Injustice In History Essay

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The greatest injustice perpetrated on humanity throughout history is the Great Chinese Famine. This unjust, nefarious, and extremely brutal act of terror lasted from 1958-1962 in the People’s Republic of China and killed 5% of people in China. There were many causes for this catastrophic event, but the new policies and laws created from the “Great Leap Forward” were the main reason for the worst famine in all of history. Mao Zedong, chairman of the Chinese Communist Party made radical changes to the farming industry that prohibited any kind of farm ownership. This decision was considered to be good at the time, but then caused economic instability, social pressure, and drastic changes which ...view middle of the document...

5 million tons in 1960. The birth rate also dwindled from 2.922% to 2.086%, but the death rate increased from 1.198% to 2.543%.The radical changes in the farming industry combined with the detrimental weather patterns caused unbelievable chaos and damage to the economy and human life in China.

Many poor, innocent, and unknowing people died because of this so called plan/policy Mao came up with to put China into a better “economical state.” The Great Chinese Famine caused the death of roughly 31 million men, women, and faultless children. According to the Chinese Government's statistics there were only 15 million deaths, but scholars believe that this event cost the lives of 20-43 million people in the country. Frank Dikötter has a different estimate though. He thinks that the amount is a little more than 45 million deaths. Frank Dikotter is the author of the 2011 Samuel Johnson Award winning book “Mao’s Great Famine.” The book talks about how the famine was mostly Mao Zedong’s fault. He backs his argument up at one point by writing Mao once said in Shanghai in 1959 that “When there is not enough to eat, people starve to death. It is better to let half of the people die so that the other half can eat their fill.” This kind of sick and twisted response is the reason why Dikotter thinks Mao is to blame. It also says in another part of the book that while millions died around him, Mao and his officials ate $1000 French meals and had 20 year-old Scotch whisky, while the poor ordinary person resorted to cannibalism to quench their hunger for the time, so that they can live another day.

The poor and innocent people that died during this cataclysmic time period still have stories told about...

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