Qin Shi Hunagdi ruled by fear. Slave laborers were taken from their families and forced to work on the emperorss many building projects. Confucian scholars were buried alive. Dissent was not allowed, rebellions were crushed and the emperor's own family suffered on his orders.
To learn more about Qin Shi Hunagdi's actions as First Emperor, watch this clip from Secrets of China's First Emperor: Tyrant and Visionary (by Koch Vision). The film, based on The Records of the Grand Historian, includes archival references and recreated scenes.