Because of him, the colonies came together and defeated the British. It’s hard to imagine America if Thomas Jefferson had not have existed. We could’ve been speaking in Spanish or living under the rule of England. He is truly the father of America.
(page 147) Jefferson was also a substantial leader in the American Revolution. (page 26-47) Thomas Jefferson had huge confidence in himself and knew that America was destined for great things and that he had to do his part in helping the country to become a great nation. My perception has changed substantially since I began reading Thomas Jefferson. When I started the book all I knew was that Thomas Jefferson had been a former president and that he had wrote the Declaration of Independence. After having read this book, I now have more insight into Thomas Jefferson and the American history.
The man of the nineteenth century. Many historians argue that American culture is based on Civil War and its outcome. It is easy to agree with that statement, because one cannot even imagine living in a slave-owning society that would most definitely develop if the South had won. Abraham Lincoln, America’s sixteenth President was the most influential man of the war. He was responsible for mobilizing the North’s power, getting people, both Republicans and Democrats, to sympathize with the Union cause and consequently, winning the war.
The British during this period of time were known to be the leading superpower in world affairs, which can be considered as their greatest strength. Prior to the American Revolution, they were victorious in wars such as the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), Austrian Succession (1740-1748) and the Seven Years War (1756-1768) these established them as the greatest military power in the world and a force to be reckoned with. Thus, when... ... middle of paper ... ...rs. Moreover, the British underestimated the Americans, perhaps if they took the American threat more seriously and planned better, history would be different today. Likewise the induction of African Americans gave the American army a new dimension.
Arnold betrayed his country to the same aggressor the Americans were combating, completing the shift from patriot to traitor, and will always be remembered as such. Benedict Arnold is now synonymous with treachery and betrayal. George Washington was the first president of the United States and one of the most important leaders in United States history. He gained independence for the American colonies and then unified them under the new U.S. federal government. Although it was difficult he created the Continental Army, which fought and won the American Revolution.
According to historians, the patriotic heart and spirit of the colonists that lasted throughout the entire Revolution, spurred by writings, liberty groups, and progress on the battlefield, is what encouraged America to fight so long and so hard. (Sparknotes) In conclusion, it is evident that the freedom of America was not free. It was bought with a price. This freedom was gained through years of sacrifice and the American victory in the Revolutionary War. It’s military assets, the aid from foreign countries, and the unwavering, inspiring spirit of independence were significant factors in the colonial victory.
Colonies in distant lands such as America were merely marionettes controlled and manipulated coincidentally into victory by the monarchs of the old world. In the 17th and 18th centuries the British Empire was the leading world power with the largest amount of influence as well as the greatest navy in existence. Acquiring and holding that position however, doesn’t come without the creation of a few enemies. The English had fought many wars in order to protect their own interests and defend their title in the new world. Events such as the War of Jenkins’ Ear, The War of Spanish Succession, King George’s War, and The Seven Years War granted England a great amount of strength and recently discovered treasures, but also left many nations craving vengeance (Bailey, Cohen, Kennedy 106).
Who do you think is America’s most iconic hero? In my opinion George Washington is America’s most iconic hero of all. The reason why is because what other United States president can say he freed us from the ruthless rule of Great Britain and King George, or say he helped write and brainstorm the ideas for the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States? George Washington was America’s first true hero that was born in this great country we all proudly call the United States. George Washington is the best example of an American hero because he has done so many things to get us to where we are today.
He was even given the nickname of “The First American,” a high praise for this founding father. What many fail to realize was that Benjamin Franklin was, during his involvement with American politics even up until the late 1760s, in fact, one of the strongest royalists of the time. His ties with both the British Parliament and the French government were very strong, much stronger than any ties he might have had with patriot leaders in America. They were not only his close friends, but men that he truly looked up to as an example of what American leaders should be. Although he was a self-made man, he identified as “elitist,” and hardly tuned into colonial patriotism; his essential goal was to unite the North American colonists and their rulers three thousand miles away as one, cohesive group of citizens loyal to the crown.
The question is, was Abraham Lincoln America’s greatest president? I’m here to tell you I agree with Phillip Shaw Paludan, that he was America’s greatest president. Lincoln was an amazing person and had provided many legal rights and did great things for America’s government and people, but the most important thing he did for use was freeing slaves and in turn saving the Union and our nation, because without these things happening we would have been split into two. Lincoln did all these things without proper education and his personal and biblical believes. Abraham Lincoln left behind a legacy that would be forever be remembered, looked, and reflected upon.