|A propaganda poster decreeing that |
Schistosomiasis must be eliminated
|This picture is fascinating to me. The Chinese signs declare Mao's command |
that "Schistosomiasis must be eliminated” (一定要消灭血吸虫病)
|Thousands of Chinese peasants collecting the offending snails|
So many green and blue hills, but to what avail?
This tiny creature left Hua Tuo powerless!
Hundreds of villages choked with weeds, men wasted away;
Thousands of homes deserted, ghosts chanted mournfully.
Motionless, by earth I travel eighty thousand li a day,
Surveying the sky I see a myriad Milky Ways from afar.
Should the Cowherd ask tidings of the Plague Spirit,
Say the same griefs flow down the stream of time.
The spring wind blows amid profuse of willow wands,
Six hundred million in this land all equal Yao and Shun.
Crimson rain swirls in waves under our will,
Green mountains turn to bridges at our wish.
Gleaming mattocks fall on the Five Ridges heaven-high;
Mighty arms move to rock the earth round the Three Rivers.
May we ask Mr. Plague: "Where do you want to go?"
Paper barges aflame and candle-light illuminate the sky.
|The four pests campaign of 1958 消灭四害|
Chairman Mao's success emboldened him to try other ventures, and in 1958 he intiated the four pests campaign to kill mosquitoes, rats, flies, and sparrows.This campaign wasn't as well founded as the previous campaign, and destruction of the sparrows actually caused crop-destroying pests to proliferate.
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