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Unformatted text preview: The law went into effect in July of 1907, after the Transvaal attained self- government, and the resolve of the Indian population was quickly proven. Gandhi was among the first to appear before a magistrate for his refusal to register, and he was sentenced to two months in prison. He asked for a heavier sentence a characteristic act of Satyagraha and devoted his time in jail to reading. After his release, the campaign went on. A compromise proposed by Jan Smuts, an Afrikaner hero in the Boer War and now Prime Minister of the Transvaal, fell apart when Smuts broke his word to Gandhi. Indians burned their registration cards, crossed the Transvaal-Natal border without passes, and went to jail in large numbers. In 1908, Gandhi went to jail again: this time his reading included the writings of the American Henry David Thoreau, most notably...
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.
- Fall '07