Henry Adams (1838-1918), American author, historian, and critic is most famous for his memoir The Education of Henry Adams (1918) which he was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for in 1919. Henry Brooks Adams was born on 16 February 1838 in Boston, Massachusetts. His parents were Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886), diplomat and writer, and Abigail Brown Brooks (1808-1889). Being the great-grandson of the second American President John Adams, and the grandson of the sixth President John Quincy Adams provided for a certain number of advantages in young Henry 's life. He spent much time in the summers at his grandfather 's home, and was surrounded by culture and wealth.
Jesse “J.C” Owens, the son of a sharecropper and grandson of a slave, is a renowned and popular historical figure. He is treated with awe for his physical accomplishments as a record-breaking Olympic champion, but he is also recognized for overcoming the humiliating and abusive treatment he encountered while working towards this goal. Owens was born on September 12, 1913 in Alabama, as the tenth and final child of Mary and Henry Owens. When he was young, Owens suffered from a severe lung disease, pneumonia (Israel 5), however he still managed to swim and fish, and develop a love for running (Israel 6). Owens did not officially attend elementary school, but he did attend Cleveland East Technical for his high school years where he met a coach
Film: John J. Pershing: The Iron General John Joseph Pershing was a firm believer in education. His love for education gave him the tools he needed to become the successful general that he was. Pershing from a young age wanted to go to law school, but at 13 he was pull out of school due to the financial panic of 1873. He was told to work the farm with his brother, which he did. That is until he had the chance to apply to WestPoint.
He allowed the world to his knowledge, experience, and failures but it’s these monumental events that has landed him a spot in America’s long- lasting history. William Edward Burghardt DuBois was born on February 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts .DuBois grew up only knowing the influence of his mother, he didn’t have much of a father around being that his father passed away when he was younger. To help his mother he worked in a factory after school to bring in extra income. Despite working he maintained high grades and remained top of his class and also found time to publish his first story in the community newspaper. When DuBois turned 15 he become the first African American to graduate from Great Barrington High.
Born on October 10, 1837 in Boston, Massachusetts, Robert Gould Shaw was the second child and only son of Francis George and Sarah Blake Shaw, two prominent abolitionists at the time. Shaw’s family line consisted of very successful merchants and businessmen who had amassed millions through trade, making the childhood of Shaw and his four sisters a comfortable one. When Shaw turned four, his father retired from his part time law practice so he could pursue a literary career and to spend more time with his family; he moved his family to the country near Brook Farm. It was here that Shaw was exposed to the beliefs of freethinkers’ such as Nathaniel Hawthorne and Ralph Waldo Emerson, along with the open-minded ideals of the local Unitarian church.
After the war he returned to Nashville and became politically active on the behalf of freedmen and women (222) and also equal rights for all men without regard to color (232). He was the key actor in pushing through the Civil Rights Act of 1875. He also purchased land in Kansas to be used for former slaves to settle on during reconstruction. Sadly, in 1883, he passed away from tuberculosis at the age of forty-five
Should MLK, Jr.’s Birthday be a National Holiday By: Ah, the preeminent Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. civil rights activist, and one of the most celebrated leaders against discrimination in American history, although true, is this man worthy of the national holiday? (Doctor) Martin Luther King, Jr. born on January 15th, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr., and Alberta Williams King. Growing up he lived, unlike us, in a segregated nation, in which people of color and of other creeds, class, races, were often getting segregated by the majority of Americans because of their culture and wealth. His father had a profound influence his stance on civil rights, his father proudly protested against segregation and King,
It was passed by the Senate on April 8, 1864, then by the House on January 31, 1865. This was finally the ban of slavery. The second was the fourteenth Amendment. Adopted July 9, 1868, this Amendment gave all citizens rights and equal protection under the law. It was an effort to help resolve some of the issues of free slaves after Civil War.
Racism has always been a popular topic throughout the course of American history. It may be arguable that African Americans have gained the equality they have fought for, and in more extreme cases, died for. Richard Wright was born after the Civil War, but before the Civil Rights Movement. If he were writing an autobiography today, in 2016, about a black boy growing up in the United States, he would write about the mass incarceration of black men, the discrepancy faced by African Americans with a college degree compared to the whites without, and the difference in wage distribution between white Americans and African Americans. If Richard were to write his autobiography today, he would mention the harsher penalties given to black people compared
Black leaders gathered in the nation’s capitol in the summer of 1965 to witness President Johnson signing the historic legislation, armed with fresh guarantees of the franchise. This affirmed its special significance. The Immigration and Nationality Act allowed people of African descent from all over the world to enter a nation from which nearly all had been excluded for almost two centuries. The acts changed America into a new country and to an African America. After the Civil Rights Act had been signed, black men and women, refusing to be intimidated by legal