Men and Women Who Changed US

A list of people who have changed the United States. More need to be added to the list. Perhaps you could recommend some.

Particularly interested in people who weren't just the president.
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What Was The Most Important Invention?

The most important inventions were probably the early discovery of fire. Some people may argue this is not so much an invention but a discovery. I guess some early man had to invent a way of sparking a flame though.

The next most important invention in the development of man was the wheel. This enabled the development of transport and travel.

Paper, writing implements and later the printing press played a key role in the education and development of man.

In the eighteenth century the invention of the modern steam engine played a key role in the industrialisation and rapid growth of the world.

In the nineteenth century, there was a golden age of invention. Electricity and related devices transformed the world leading to a whole series of new machines and devices.

The twentieth century may be remembered as the atomic age. The development of nuclear power and nuclear energy. It was also the century which saw the development of the modern computer and internet.

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Which do you think has been the most important invention?
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Famous Africans who Inspire Me

Africa is a continent of great diversity. Unfortunately, we often associate Africa with images of poverty, starvation and war. But, Africa is slowly rising up. Some of the great Africans who inspire me

Nelson Mandela - a Great champion of freedom and equality. Helped bring to an end apartheid in South Africa
Desmond Tutu. A tireless spokesperson for human rights and equality. Also a Nobel Prize winner in 1984
Kofi Annan - Ghana. One of the great UN secretary generals. Led the UN through difficult times, always maintaining an inner calm and exposure.
Haile Selassie. A great leader of Ethiopia. He led his country over the span of 5 decades.

See: Africans who changed the world
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Which Quotes Changed The World?

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. "

- Abraham Lincoln 1963 Gettysburg Address

Some quotes echo and re-echo down the sweep of centuries. They stick in the consciousness because they reflect some deeper yearning of man for a better world.

"And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land"

- Martin Luther King - 1968 - "I've Been to the Mountain Top Speech

Some quotes have the power to move nations and peoples to war or fight for a better civilisation

"You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival."

- Winston Churchill. Speech in the House of Commons, after taking office as Prime Minister (13 May 1940)

Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. WORKING MEN OF THE WORLD, UNITE!"

- Communist Manifesto. Karl Marx

What is your favourite quote that changed the world?

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