Great Americans- an alternative selection

by johndavies007 | created - 12 Oct 2018 | updated - 29 Oct 2018 | Public

People from the area of the American continent known as USA. In progress. Not on imdb: Winslow Homer, Harriet Tubman, Zitkala-Sa

1. Jane Addams

Writer | Shoes

Jane Addams was born on September 6, 1860 in Cedarville, Illinois, USA as Laura Jane Addams. She was a writer, known for Shoes (1916), Votes for Women (1912) and Pathé News, No. 31 (1915). She died on May 21, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois.

2. Muhammad Ali

Actor | The Greatest

Muhammad Ali beat more champions and top contenders than any heavyweight champion in history. He defeated heavyweight kings Sonny Liston (twice), Floyd Patterson (twice), Ernie Terrell, Jimmy Ellis, Ken Norton (twice), Joe Frazier (twice), George Foreman and Leon Spinks. He defeated ...

3. James Baldwin

Writer | I Am Not Your Negro

James Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer, known for I Am Not Your Negro (2016), If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) and American Playhouse (1981). He died on December 1, 1987 in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, France.

4. Clara Barton

She was inducted in the 2007 New Jersey Hall of Fame for her services to nursing in New Jersey.

5. William Blum

Self | The National Security Forum

William Blum was born on March 6, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He died on December 9, 2018 in Virginia, USA.

6. Rachel L. Carson

Writer | The Sea Around Us

Rachel L. Carson was born on May 27, 1907 in Springdale, Pennsylvania, USA. She was a writer, known for The Sea Around Us (1953), Omnibus (1952) and The Sense of Wonder (2001). She died on April 14, 1964 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA.

7. Noam Chomsky

Self | Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media

Noam Chomsky was born on December 7, 1928, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His undergraduate and graduate years were spent at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his PhD in linguistics in 1955. From 1951-55, he was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows. While a ...

8. Miles Davis

Soundtrack | In the Line of Fire

Miles Davis, famous jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader, was born 26 May 1926 in Alton, Illinois. He moved to New York in 1944 and studied at Juilliard. He left school and entered the jazz society of New York, meeting such famous musicians as Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Charles Mingus. ...

9. Frederick Douglass

Writer | What to the American Slave Is the 4th of July?

Frederick Douglass was born in 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland, USA as Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. He was a writer, known for What to the American Slave Is the 4th of July? (2013). He was married to Helen Pitts and Anna Murray. He died on February 20, 1895 in Washington, District of ...

10. Helen Keller

Writer | Whirlpool

Helen Keller contracted a virulent childhood disease which resulted in complete loss of sight and hearing at nineteen months. Her parents futilely sought help for her, as did family friend Alexander Graham Bell. Finally, when Keller was seven, Annie Sullivan, a young teacher, was hired by the ...

11. Abraham Lincoln

Writer | Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Nolin Creek, Hardin County [now LaRue County], Kentucky, USA. He was a writer, known for Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (1912), Atlanta Symphony Golden Anniversary (1995) and Biography of the Millennium: 100 People - 1000 Years (1999). He was married ...

12. Martin Luther King

Soundtrack | Freedom Writers

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the son of Alberta Christine (Williams), a schoolteacher, and Martin Luther King Sr., a pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. For Martin the civil rights movement began one summer in 1935 when he was six ...

13. Charles Mingus

Soundtrack | The Wolf of Wall Street

Charles Mingus was born on April 22, 1922 in Nogales, Arizona, USA as Charles Barron Mingus. He was married to Sue Mingus, Judy Starkey, Celia Zaentz and Canilla Jeanne Gross. He died on January 5, 1979 in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

14. Paul Robeson

Actor | King Solomon's Mines

This handsome, eloquent and highly charismatic actor became one of the foremost interpreters of Eugene O'Neill's plays and one of the most treasured names in song during the first half of the twentieth century. He also courted disdain and public controversy for most of his career as a staunch Cold ...

15. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

Writer | Women in Defense

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11, 1884 in New York City, New York, USA. She was a writer, known for Women in Defense (1941), The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950) and Sunday Showcase (1959). She was married to Franklin D. Roosevelt. She died on November 7, 1962 in New York City.

16. Sitting Bull

Actor | Tom and His Pals

Sitting Bull, a Hunkpapa Lakota (Sioux) holy man and war chief, was born in 1831 near the Grand River in what is now the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He was named after his father, who was killed by Crow warriors--the Crow tribe being a longtime enemy of the Lakota--in an ...

17. Bruce Springsteen

Soundtrack | The Wrestler

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born September 23, 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey, USA. His father, Douglas Frederick Springsteen, worked as a bus driver, and was of Irish and Dutch ancestry. His mother, Adele Ann (Zerilli), worked as a legal secretary, and was of Italian descent. He has an...

18. Jill Stein

Self | Who Is Vermin Supreme? An Outsider Odyssey

Dr. Jill Stein is the Green Party's 2016 candidate for President and was also its 2012 candidate. She holds the current record for most votes ever received by a woman candidate for President of the United States in the general election. She is a mother, an organizer, physician, and pioneering ...

19. Henry David Thoreau

Writer | New Walden

David Henry Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817, in Concord, Massachusetts. He was the youngest of three children to John and Synthia Thoreau. He studied at Harvard from 1822-1837, majoring in English. Thoreau was a companion of Ralph Aldo Emerson, who patronized him and introduced him to some of the...

20. Jim Thorpe

Actor | Trailin' West

Jim Thorpe is an American athlete and Olympic gold medalist. A member of the Sac and Fox Nation, Thorpe became the first Native American to win a gold medal for the United States. Considered one of the most versatile athletes of modern sports, he won Olympic gold medals in the 1912 pentathlon and ...

21. Mark Twain

Writer | Lionizing Murderers

Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri in 1835, grew up in Hannibal. He was a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River. Throughout his career, Twain served as a writer, lecturer, reporter, editor, printer, and prospector. Twain took his pen name from an alert cry used on his...

22. Orson Welles

Actor | Citizen Kane

His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was six) he traveled the world with his father. He was orphaned at 15 after his father's death and became the ward of Dr. ...

23. Frank Lloyd Wright

Five

Frank Lloyd Wright was one of America's most famous architects who introduced his concept of "Organic architecture" and designed such landmarks as the Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum of Art.

He was born Frank Lincoln Wright on June 8, 1867, in Richland Center, Wisconsin, USA, into a family of...



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