Father Gapon's Leaders In Bloody Sundays

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The best leaders are those that lead in the background, those that see what their people want or need, work to set them on the right path, and then step back and let them get there on their own. These leaders are often overlooked, after all, they did not lead to gain prestige for themselves, they led to help their followers achieve amelioration, and while their names might not be remembered, their legacies persist decades after their deaths. The legacy left behind by one of Russia’s most easily forgotten leaders, Father Georgii Gapon, influenced every decision that the Russian people have made about their rulers from 1905 to the present. Looking through history, one will find a number of Bloody Sundays, yet only one of these led to the Russian …show more content…
When Sergei Zubatov was expelled from the St. Petersburg Assembly of Factory and Mill Workers, Georgii Gapon took control of the operation. Gapon’s father – Apollon Feodrorovich – had served as an elected elder in the village were Gapon grew up, and he proved to be a fantastic role model for how his son should lead. When Georgii Gapon was a boy, he and his father had often discussed village politics, and Apollon had taken the time to teach his son about the royal government . Under its new leader, the worker’s organization flourished, growing by nearly twenty-five percent . However, Georgii Gapon was raised in a fairly wealthy family – for a commoner – and while his mother was illiterate , his father made enough money to support Gapon and his siblings. This was not the case for many families in Russia. When serfdom was finally abolished under Tsar Alexander II, it left most of the newly liberated serfs in debt, with no way to pay the money off. These now “free” people were given the worst of the land, and new, high taxes claimed any crops that the farmers did manage to grow