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Why Was The Army In Little Rock, AR In 1957?

In 1957 I was a six-year-old in Little Rock, Arkansas.  I had a lot of company there as members of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division joined us in the city. At the time I didn’t really understand what was going on; … Continue reading

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Leader Of A World Wide Revival, William J. Seymour — My 3rd Greatest American

William J. Seymour is my third greatest American of all time. He was born in 1870 in Centerville, Louisiana to former slaves. He grew up in the midst of poverty and racism and had little education — although he did … Continue reading

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US Congressman, Thaddeus Stevens, My 4th Greatest American

Tommy Lee Jones plays Thaddeus Stevens in Steven Spielberg’s new movie, Lincoln.  However, many Americans have no idea who Thaddeus Stevens was. Thaddeus Stevens was born in 1792 in Vermont to a poor family and was abandoned by his father … Continue reading

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US Senator Charles Sumner — My 5th Greatest American

My fifth greatest American appears briefly in the new Steven Spielberg movie, Lincoln.  At the time of the movie, Charles Sumner had already led the passage of the 13th Amendment in the US Senate, so he has only a passing … Continue reading

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