HIS 112
Gandhi Paper Assignment


On 30 January 1948, a Hindu extremist assassinated Gandhi while he was enjoying his nightly walk at Birla House in New Delhi.  His memorial (or Samādhi), the Rāj Ghāt, is located on the spot of his cremation on 31 January.  It is a simple, black marble monument with an eternal flame at one end, located near the Yamuna River in Delhi.  The epigraph reads "Hē Ram" (or "Hē Rama"), often loosely translated as "Oh God," which are believed to be Gandhi's last words.  Photo credit Tiger Palace.

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Read Mohandas Gandhi's Autobiography:  The Story of My Experiments With Truth (in its entirety)

Answer the following question in a one-page paper:

Citing specific evidence from Gandhi's Autobiography (not from the textbook), what were some of the main characteristics of Gandhi's views on non-violence and why did he choose non-violence to achieve his goals? 

Before proceeding, you might wish to read the short notes, review the study questions and watch my short video on Gandhi and the historical importance of his autobiography.

Your paper must follow this format:

  • must have brief introduction and conclusion paragraphs (each not to exceed three lines); the introduction must directly respond to the assignment question and identify your analysis/thesis points.
  • font size 10 or 12 only
  • one-inch margins
  • double-spaced
  • page number citations for your quoted evidence
  • name, and only your name, at the top left of the paper
  • not to exceed one (1) page
  • You may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for feedback before submitting the assignment for the grade. At times, you may be asked to rewrite your essay.  This is done for your own benefit and will result in an improved grade.

Please take a moment to review Charlie's History Writing Center for specific information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course. There is also a good example of a one-page paper available that will show you how to structure your paper. Please check this short explanation of what it means to cite historical evidence.

Your assignment should be submitted on Canvas.



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