The United States’ extensive, complex, and shifting history has revealed many different powerful people whom people of different perspectives would name “American Heroes”. A truly influential person in this country’s history, whose impact was powerful both during and after his career, is one who has still rarely received the title of “national hero”. He is the late boxer Muhammad Ali. Formerly Cassius Clay, the young boxer took to the ring with a fury and a confidence that had never been seen before, and hasn’t been seen since. Muhammad Ali is a hero because he stood up for what he believed in, even when the majority disagreed with him. For example, he refused to be drafted into the army during the war in Vietnam and he showed that he stood by his principles when he converted to Islam and fought for the civil rights of African Americans. Even though most people opposed him at the time, in the present, people realize the strength and fortitude Ali showed both in and outside of the ring. He is quite easily the greatest boxer of all time. He had finesse and brute, and punishing strength; he really did “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.” Finishing with an impressive career record of 56-5, Muhammad Ali could not be demoralized, whether it is by the mob threats of Sonny Liston or the intimidation of George Foreman. And even though Mike Tyson has since broken some of his knockout records, Ali is set apart by his shining confidence that overflowed into each aspect of his life.
by SAM P.
A very famous man, who has been considered a hero in the United States since virtually forever, is Abraham Lincoln. Being elected as president of the US in 1861, he immediately had to face the brutal civil war. Lincoln is known for two major achievements. First, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st, 1863 which freed all the slaves in the Confederate states. That same year, on November 19th, he also made the most famous speech ever made in the US, the Gettysburg Address. He gave this speech right after the Gettysburg battle, the turning point in the civil war. The Gettysburg address has become so famous because despite its shortness, it allowed Lincoln to create a gigantic impact on the Union citizens and led the North to win the civil war. Here is the first sentence: “ Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. “ Nevertheless, after having been re-elected in 1864, Lincoln was assassinated on April 14th, 1865 by a Confederate sympathizer, John Wilkes Booth while watching a play at the Fords theater.
by HUGO B.