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  • We all know that there are certain virtues that are good for us.

  • Intelligence, wisdom, bravery, justice, respect, responsibility, honesty, unselfishness, compassion, patience, and perseverance.

  • Always have been and always will be positive virtues.

  • Think of some people who have those traits.

  • Maybe it's Martin Luther King, or Abraham Lincoln, or George Washington.

  • I bet you know a lot of facts about these historical figures, but maybe you've never taken the time to think about their character.

  • Let's talk about Sybil Ludington.

  • She's a little-known revolutionary figure.

  • But boy, was she something!

  • She rode 40 miles through the damp, cold night of April 26, 1777 to alert the colonial militia of a British attack.

  • Her action was similar to that of Paul Revere, only she rode twice as far and was only 16 years old.

  • That takes some real guts!

  • Beriah Green?

  • Anyone ever heard of Beriah Green?

  • He was president of the first integrated school in the United States.

  • He also spent the majority of his life fighting for the immediate abolition of slavery.

  • He used his voice, pen, and good deed to fight slavery.

  • Beriah Green was fiercely devoted to abolition before it was popular because he believed it was the right thing to do.

  • And then there's Abraham Lincoln.

  • You know he was president during the Civil war.

  • He wrote the Emancipation Proclamation and is credited with freeing the slaves.

  • He went to war with the South to save the Union.

  • He helped the country get through one of its most difficult times.

  • He kept the United States united.

  • But, above all that, Abraham Lincoln showed great leadership.

  • Could any of these people have done the deeds they're famous for without bravery, compassion, dedication, or wisdom?

  • No!

  • History can teach us much more than just the facts.

  • It's full of examples of how to live better.

  • And for you, even if you're not freeing the slaves, or riding 40 miles on horseback.

  • Bravery and wisdom will help you get an A on that test, ask out that cute boy, and get that great job.

We all know that there are certain virtues that are good for us.

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【TED-Ed】Historical role models - Amy Bissetta

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