1. The individuals featured in the articles are separated by time and circumstance. Taken together, however, their stories teach us much about personal experiences in wartime. In your view, what are the important lessons to be learned from their experiences?
Crispus Attuck’s, Elizabeth Keckley’s, Muhammad Ali’s, Harriet Tubman’s profiles depict the unfair treatment of the Afro-Americans through the history and obviously teach that the ambitions and inner power possessed by individuals brings them to struggle for equality and justice. As the problem of the racial discrimination has been a timely one for centuries and still is, the mentioned personalities were those, who understood that it is important to invite the attention of the society to the problem in order to solve it. Regardless the skin color, the personalities described in the profiles are not any different and do not lack any human qualities, but on the contrary they are endued with even stronger aspiration to reach their aims, though it makes their way to success more complicate.
2. When war ends, both nations and individuals are transformed. What lessons can we learn from their post-war experiences? That is to say, what do their stories teach us about how the United States was impacted by war? Give at least one example from one of the profiles.
Be it Boston Massacre (1770), the American Civil War (1861-1865) or Vietnam War (1955-1975), they all bear pain, sufferings and tragedies. Nevertheless, the pains of those, who sacrificed their lives for the sake of others, are finally appraised. For instance, the sacrifice of Crispus Attucks was the one, which has pushed the power representatives to the idea to erase the difference in skin color, Harriet Tubman’s experience emphasizes the importance of providing help to people in need, the example of Mohamed Ali teaches people to be faithful to their beliefs till the end. All these lessons were learned by the American society as the leaders, who are mentioned above, and their achievements are respected and honored till nowadays as the prominent fighters for justice and equality.
3. Which profile did you find most compelling? Why? Explain
To my mind, all four profiles are compelling and impress by high motivation and strength of the individual, but I would like to emphasize Elizabeth Keckley’s story, which has risen into a business lady from a slave. Apart from having managed to get free from slavery she has got a very high position in the society while the rights of men ad women were not equal at that time. She managed to appeal for the benevolence of the people and tried to teach others to get free and independent. Finally, it is obvious that awareness of the society and ambitious leaders, who follow there beliefs like Keckley or three other personalities mentioned above are the key components to successful fulfillment of the benevolent ideas.