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Even under communist rule, the Roman Catholic Church continued as an important force in Poland. Research the role that the church played in the years between 1944—1989, and describe some of the ways in which the church maintained such an important presence in the country.

Solidarity was a national confederation of trade union led by Lech Walesa. Investigate the role that Walesa and Solidarity had on the end of communist rule. In what ways did labor unions challenge communism?

Mahatma Gandhi argued that civil disobedience and non-violent protests were an effective way to create social change. In Poland, the Roman Catholic Church used non-violent means to help rid Poland of the communist regime. Find other examples of how non-violent protests have changed government doctrine or even toppled a harsh regime.

Under communist rule, women had a great deal of equality, primarily because they were considered valuable...

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