The Cultural Revolution And Reign Of Mao Zedong

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Imagine somewhere that was the opposite of what you know now. Picture children not being able to have futures from birth because their ancestors made a small mistake, smoking since you were 8 as one of the few ways to pass time, and constantly being controlled by a corrupt government. This was China under the Cultural Revolution and reign of Mao Zedong. During this era, a person with traditional political or religious views struggled incredibly. Mao Zedong attacked traditional Chinese culture and “launched what became known as the Cultural Revolution in order to reassert his authority over the Chinese government. Believing that current Communist leaders were taking the party, and China itself, in the wrong direction, Mao called on the nation’s youth to purge the ‘impure’ elements of Chinese society” (History.com “Cultural Revolution”). Essentially, Mao was about crushing all of the Communist Party’s enemies so that he could have all the power. The propaganda during the Cultural Revolution was very reflective of its ideals. Mao Zedong tried to make people think that he was for the people. For example, the picture below shows the government and the people forcefully throwing out the capitalists. These images make it seem like the government is kicking out the capitalists, not for their own benefit, but for the benefit of the people. The people shown are also average farmers (like Da Chen’s family) using their own tools to get rid of the enemies, with the government using its

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