The Four Olds

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Remember the “Four Olds” in China?  The “Four Olds” campaign began on August 19, 1956, in Beijing during the Cultural Revolution. The idea was to abolish:

Old Customs  –  Old Culture  –  Old Habits  –  Old Ideas

The first things to change were the names of streets, landmarks, and stores. Chinese architecture was destroyed, classical literature and Chinese paintings were torn apart. Chinese temples were desecrated. The campaign to destroy the Four Olds and cultivate the Four News was also referred to as “Red August.” This was all part of the plan to overthrow the Chinese government.

Homeschoolers: draw/color an illustration and record your observations of this historical event.


About Martha Quinn

Book author, licensed teacher, master's degree (Reading K-12, Social Studies 7-12). Former homeschooler. Happily married Christian with two terrific children. Loves animals, swimming, music, fishing, gardening, cooking, traveling, exciting movies, good books, and the great outdoors.

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