The Force Born of Truth

Mohandas Gandhi and the Salt March, India, 1930

From the Series Civil Rights Struggles around the World

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 9

Gandhi’s Salt March united all Indians in peaceful protest for independence. Yet British forces met them with violence and imprisonment. In this story of India’s struggle for freedom, we’ll learn how Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolent action overpowered the British government. And we’ll witness how Gandhi’s actions influenced civil rights movements around the world.

“With this salt, I am rocking the foundations of an Empire.”―Mohandas Gandhi, 1930

On April 6, 1930, Mohandas Gandhi stood on the coast of the Arabian Sea in western India. He and his followers had walked 241 miles (388 kilometers) to reach this place. Now, at the end of their long journey, Gandhi made a simple gesture marking the beginning of a revolution: he reached down, grabbed a clump of sea salt, and raised it overhead. This signaled to all Indians to embark on a course of civil disobedience―making and selling their own salt.

At this time, India had been ruled by the British Empire for more than 200 years. The British had taken control of India’s main industries, including its highly profitable salt manufacturing process. By law, Indians were not allowed to produce their own salt―or to even pick up a lump of sea salt. Everyone in India, no matter how poor, paid a salt tax to the British government.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 9
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Category Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Class, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 160
Publication Date 2010-08-01
BISACS YAN025030, YAN038030
Dewey 954.03'5092
Graphics 1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 8.5
Lexile 1000
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Maps, Photo captions, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Timeline, and Websites

Author: Betsy Kuhn

Betsy Kuhn has written many books for young adult readers, including Prying Eyes: Privacy in the Twenty-First Century, and The Force Born of Truth: Mohandas Gandhi and the Salt March. She lives in Maryland with her family.


  • Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Young Adult Top Forty, Winner, 2011


School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

“These volumes are a treasure trove of information about the fight for civil rights across time and the globe. . . . The cruelty with which humans can treat one another is unflinchingly presented but the extraordinary grace exhibited in the face of it rises to the top.” —School Library Journal, Series Made Simple