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American Heroes



A discussion about heroic figures in American history and culture.

A discussion about heroic figures in American history and culture.



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    • George Washington George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was the dominant military and political leader of the new United States of America from 1775 to 1799. He led the American victory over Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War and presided over the writing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. He was the unanimous choice to serve as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797. Washington is universally regarded as the "Father of his Country".
    • George S. PattonGeorge Smith Patton, Jr. (November 11, 1885– December 21, 1945) was a United StatesArmy officer best known for his leadershipwhile commanding corps and armies asa general during World War II. He was alsowell known for his eccentricity andcontroversial outspokenness. In World War II, he commanded corps andarmies in North Africa, Sicily, andthe European Theater of Operations. In1944, Patton assumed command of the U.S.Third Army, which under his leadershipadvanced farther, captured more enemyprisoners, and liberated more territory in lesstime than any other army in military history.
    • What do you think?• Do you think that military leaders are “heroes?” Why or why not?• Who are some famous generals and leaders from your history?• Are there some military leaders that inspire you in other areas of life?
    • Lewis and ClarkMeriwether Lewis and William Clark lead the firsttranscontinental expedition to the Pacific Coast by theUnited States from 1804 to 1806. Lewis and Clark weresome of the first Americans to explore the area that isnow the western United States. Along the way theylearned many new things about the land and its people.
    • Rosa ParksRosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 –October 24, 2005) was an African-American civilrights activist, whom the U.S. Congress called "thefirst lady of civil rights", and "the mother of thefreedom movement".On December 1, 1955in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks, age 42, refusedto obey bus driver James Blakes order that shegive up her seat to make room for a whitepassenger. Parks act of defiance became animportant symbol of the modern Civil RightsMovement and Parks became an internationalicon of resistance to racial segregation. Sheworked with many civil rights leaders, includingMartin Luther King, Jr., helping to launch him tonational prominence in the civil rights movement.
    • Martin Luther King, Jr.Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April4, 1968) was an Americanclergyman, activist, and prominent leader in theAfrican-American Civil Rights Movement. He isbest known for being an iconic figure in theadvancement of civil rights in the United Statesand around the world, using nonviolent methodsfollowing the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. Kinghas become a national icon in the history ofmodern American liberalism.King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 as hestood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel inMemphis, Tennessee.
    • Neil ArmstrongNeil Alden Armstrong , born August 5, 1930 isa former American astronaut, and test pilot.A participant in the U.S. Air Forces humanspaceflight programs, Armstrong joinedthe NASA Astronaut Corps in 1962. His firstspaceflight was the NASA Gemini 8 mission in1966, for which he was the commandpilot, becoming one of the first U.S. civiliansto fly in space. Armstrongs second and lastspaceflight was as mission commander ofthe Apollo 11 moon landing mission onJuly 20, 1969. On that day, Armstrongbecame the first person to walk onthe Moon.
    • What do you think?• What do you think of Rosa parks?• Have you heard of Martin Luther King before? Are you familiar with the American civil rights movement?• Who are some famous explorers from Chinese history?• Will a Chinese astronaut walk on the moon?
    • Thomas EdisonThomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 –October 18, 1931) was an Americaninventor, scientist, and businessman. Hedeveloped many devices that greatly influencedlife around the world, includingthe phonograph, the motion picture camera, abattery for an electric car, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.Edison is the fourth most prolific inventor inhistory, holding 1,093 US patents in hisname, as well as many patents in the UnitedKingdom, France, and Germany.
    • The Wright BrothersThe Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 –January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May30, 1912) are most famous forinventing, building, and flying the first airplane theFlyer I. They flew it for the first time on December17, 1903 near the Kill Devil Hills, about four milessouth of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, U.S. The Wright’s invention was so unbelievable at the time that a news paper journalist was fired for reporting their story.
    • Steve Jobs & Steve WozniakSteve Jobs (February 24, 1955 –October 5, 2011) and StephenGary "Woz" Wozniak (born August11, 1950) are the co-founders ofApple Inc.In 1975, Jobs and Wozniak createdthe Apple I, the first successfulpersonal computer. Before thistime, almost all computers were largeexpensive machines owned bycorporations. These two men helpedcreate the world we now live in todaywhere individual people havepersonal access to many differenttypes of electronic devices.
    • What do you think?• How have the inventions of Edison, the Wright Brothers, and Jobs & Wozniak affected your life?• Who are the greatest inventors in your country?• If you could go back in time, which famous invention would you want to invent?