Through even the hardest times of war, he never lost sight of the freedom he was chasing for himself and every American citizen. With his brave spirit and courageous skill on and of the battlefield, he led America to one of the most important victories in our history. When General Braddock asked George to accept his commission as Commander of the Continental Army, there was no hesitation. Washington was chosen for his talents in land surveying, which gave them an advantage over the British, and his brilliant skill as a unifying leader. He always had an uplifting attitude toward with his soldiers so they would not get discouraged in this long fight for freedom.
Sam Adams an American Hero Samuel Adams was the leader of a movement that became the American Revolution. He was a controversial radical for American Independence. His outspoken demeanour and his forward thinking made him become an important figure in American history. Sam Adams can be described as the original American patriot. He was key in moving public opinion for a free America.
Both also argue that when the laws of man come into conflict with the laws of God, that civil disobedience is not only justified, but is a moral obligation. Both are in the history books as two of Americas most successful revolutionaries. It is clear that Dr. King read Jefferson’s, “Declaration of Independence”, and used it as the model on which he based his arguments in “Letter from a Birmingham jail” on. These two documents are the handbook by which all civil rights leaders and revolutionaries use as the road map justify their call for equal rights upon. Between June 11th, and June 28th, of 1776 Thomas Jefferson wrote his manifesto, “The Declaration of Independence” (later enhanced by the eloquent, and skillful, changes that Bengermin Franklin and John Adams made), as a call for the American colonies to break free from English rule.
When Lincoln was a little boy he received the nickname “Honest Abe”. President Lincoln was mainly known for leading the Union in the Civil to victory and beginning the process of ending slavery which was a major issue back when he was President. Although many were not happy with Lincoln’s choices with ending slavery, mainly the South, some were also thankful and appreciative of his acts. Lincoln was known for his character and leadership and how he was so determined with what he did. Lincoln was know for one of his most famous speeches which is the Gettysburg Address which summed up and showed how Lincoln acted as a President and how his character such as determination and perseverance played a big role in winning the Civil War and being a successful President.
Though a colonist, he was heavily impressed by the Crown’s rule over North America and ended up spending many years of his life in England once he had successfully made his way in the world. Regardless of that original love he had, Franklin eventually came to the side of the colonies and became the man we learn about today that was essential to obtaining freedom for the United States of America. Though we now think of him as a great, ever spectacular human being, the reality would be that he was not always so. Benjamin Franklin was born poor, the youngest son of his parents, and he had to build his life up himself. An unnamed source in Wood’s The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin states that “The title of a gentleman is commonly given in England to all that distinguish themselves from the common sort of people, by a good gar, genteel air, or good education, wealth or learning” (35).
This section speaks solely regarding the past, and the equality of our nation. Firstly, Lincoln alludes to the Declaration of Independence, and what it states, which is, “...all men are created equal.” With saying this, Lincoln proved his credibility and made it clear that he is trying his best to equalize his people. Lincoln proved his credibility by demonstrating to his people that he did his research, and has paid close attention to the previous events that occurred in their country. Another aspect of the speech that proved him credible, was his diction, for 87 years ago, which in this case was, “Four score and seven years ago….” Additionally, Lincoln capitalized the word, “Liberty.” By doing so, he emphasized its importance, and connects back to his claim, that peace and equality should be obtained, like the Declaration of Independence states. Lastly, Lincoln’s syntax in this first section, is very
He shows humility by making his winning the election not a personal gain, but a victory for the American people as a whole. JFK was also an outspoken Catholic and alluded to God many times in his speech. He also alludes to many historical events to establish his credibility with his audience. He makes it clear that he has “sworn before [everybody] and God Almighty the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three quarters ago” (Kennedy). The purpose of this statement is to establish his commitment to providing for the common good of the nation by taking the oath of office.
McCullough is a two time winner of the Pulitzer Award and the National Book Award. He has received the highest civilian award in the United States; The Presidential Medal of Freedom. Summary 1776 is a book about the American Revolution in the year of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. David McCullough tells about how the small American Army attempted to win their freedom from the world power Great Britain. It tells about the ups and the downs of the American attempt for freedom.
To get the attention of his audience, the American people, President Obama referenced a historical document the “Declaration of Independence”, he used the repeated words “together and we ” and he connected with the American people by including himself as one of them. Referencing the Declaration of Independence was an effective strategy President Obama used to establish the historical context behind the speech. The signing of the Declaration of Independence was the start of freedom for the American people and to be self-governed. President Obama referenced the Declaration of Independence because it supports his idea of the effects of togetherness. The President stated that “What makes us American is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago”.
Comparison I Have a Dream, Gettysburg Address, & Declaration of Independence Some of the best American speeches of all time include Martin Luther King’s, “I Have a Dream Speech” and Abraham Lincoln’s, “Gettysburg Address”. Both speeches seem to greatly affect American history. These speeches also include references from the Declaration of Independence. They both quote, “all men are created equal” and King quotes, “unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Even though Lincoln does not directly talk about slavery in the Gettysburg Address, he discusses how so many people died for such a big cause and how people need to pursue the fight in their honor. Again, although Lincoln never actually says it he talks about the Civil War referring to it as the main pathway towards equality.