4 People Who Should Be On Mt. Rushmore
1.) Ronald Reagan- He expanded America's influence, rendering it the sole super power in the world. No single person has done more to spread democracy in the last 100 years than Ronald Reagan. No one has done more to build the infrastructure — political, economic and military — to speed the adoption of American ideals across the globe. Reagan was the most successful president of the twentieth century. He took a country that was in economic collapse and militarily in retreat around the globe and turned it completely around. He put an end to the Cold War. FAMOUS QUOTE: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the ...view middle of the document...
He had 4 terms as President. FAMOUS QUOTE: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” He proved it.
3.) James Madison- He wrote most of the US Constitution at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Even though he would later write the Virginia Resolutions which were hailed by anti-federalists, his Constitution created a strong federal government. He was well respected in his time not only for authoring the document, but also administering it. Once the Convention ended, he wrote the Federalist Papers along with John Jay and Alexander Hamilton. These were intended to sway public opinion to ratifying the new Constitution. FAMOUS QUOTE: "Every word [of the Constitution] decides a question between power and liberty.”
4.) Martin Luther King Jr.- Dr. King was one of the most famous civil rights activists. He was awarded at least 50 honorary degrees from colleges and universities in the U.S. and elsewhere. Besides winning the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, in 1965 Dr. King was awarded the American Liberties Medallion by the American Jewish Committee for his "exceptional advancement of the principles of human liberty." He lead some of the major civil rights movements from 1950-1963. There has never been a leader, white or black, that has been able to lead the whole country to a different way of thinking. Without his views, the United States would not be the country that it is today. Sit-in movements began in Greensboro, NC in 1960. That was when blacks and whites sat in restaurants and other places while protesting the segregation of blacks and whites. In 1963, an important struggle for civil rights began in Birmingham, AL. In June, Dr. King and 125,000 others marched on a freedom walk to protest city-wide racial discrimination. On August 27, 1963, over 250,000 civil rights followers met in Washington D.C. for a civil rights rally. This march began at the Washington Monument and ended at the Lincoln Memorial. This is where Dr. King made one of the most famous speeches in history, “I Have A Dream.” FAMOUS QUOTE: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that ALL men are created equal.’”