George Washington, born February 22, 1732, was the first president of the United States. He is given the distinction of being one of the ‘Founding Fathers’ of the United States along with Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, Thomas Paine, Roger Sherman, John Jay, James Wilson, and Governeur Morris.
Abraham Lincoln, born February 12, 1809, was the 16th president of the United States and is best recognized for his part in the emancipation of the Africans that were enslaved in the United States. Lincoln was the Civil War president and his noted ‘Gettysburg Address’ went down in history amongst the most important speeches ever made in the United States.
Both of these United States presidents were from the ‘upper South’, Virginia and Kentucky respectively. These locations gave them a view of both the North and the South and most likely shaped their visions of what the United States could achieve politically, economically, agriculturally, and religiously.
As we reflect on the formation of the desperate states that became a world power, let us not forget the original founding fathers, which were Native Americans. They consisted of Chief Joseph, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, and Red Cloud. Remember to read their stories and accomplishments and take pride in how they worked to change history and preserve the Native Americans and indeed all Americans.
Founding Fathers, Chief Joseph, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, Red Cloud
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln,
art by David C. Behrens
Article by Cherokee Cloud
Written: February 18, 2007