Tang Sitong, an advocate of reform from Liuyang, made up his mind to sacrifice his life for the cause of political reform. “The political reform of every nation has been accomplished through sacrifices of life. No sacrifices of life have been known in our Chinese political reform. This is the reason that the reform does not succeed and the nation does not become stronger. Should there be any life sacrifices, I am willing to be the first！” This statement by Tang Sitong has fully shown the manliness and courage of Hunan. In the Revolution of 1911, in which the Qing Dynasty was overthrown by democrats, Hunan is the province that contributes the most influential and brave martyrs. Among them there are Chen Tianhua and Yao Hongye who plunged into the sea to commit suicides for their social ideal; chief commanders in the Wuchang Uprising, including Jiang Yiwu，Song Jiaoreng, Cai’e, and Huang Xing, among others. 29 well-known revolutionists died in the 1911 Revolution are buried on the Yuelu Mountain that locates on the west bank of the Xiang River in the capital city Changsha. This renders it a mountain of the 1911 Revolution. There is no match of it in other places of China.
Mao Zedong, a Hunan from Xiangtan, led the Fall Harvest Uprising. Later on, the Chinese Red Army led by a great number of proletarian revolutionists and strategists, most of whom are of Hunan origins, among them Mao Zedong, Liu Shaoqi, Ren Bishi, Peng Dehuai, and He long, successfully carried out the Chinese Revolution. A single spark set the prairie ablaze, and the Long March by the Chinese Red Army astonished the whole world. All these have given new glories to this heroic land.