Category: mao zedong

Seven years after the People’s Republic of China was established, Mao Zedong allowed people to express their opinions on the way the country was being run in a campaign called the “Hundred Flowers Campaign.” Once this happened, those who said things against the government were then jailed or unheard of since.

Mao Zedong ordered the people of China to kill sparrows because they steal grain. Since sparrows also eat insects, their absence caused a locust epidemic that ravaged crops and killed millions of people.