The parallel histories of South Africa and the United States are informative of world events over the last centuries. While many countries rewrite their histories to conform to social and political trends, analyzing and comparing different countries and perspectives does shine a light on one’s own.
On June 7, 1892 Homer Plessy was arrested in Louisiana for travelling in a train carriage reserved for whites only. Exactly a year later to the day, on June 7, 1893 Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off a train in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa for travelling in a train carriage reserved for whites only.
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