knapplc wrote:I'm absolutely not a fan of Early U.S. History, but HOW do people not know this stuff? What a failure of our education system!! I just can't stand that era of history, and I know all of this stuff.
I stand amazed.
I've taught intro to American Government at the college level a few times and unfortunately, I spend far too much time re-teaching things that should have been learned and were most definately taught in junior high and high school.
People especially have a hard time understanding the dynamics between the Revolution and the adoption of the Constitution. To me, that was an intellectually important time, and something I love studying...
but to each his own...
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Greatest in history, I don't know if Franklin qualifies. Caesar, Alexander the Great, Charlemagne, many figures literally shaped the entire world during their time, and changed the face of most of the civilized world, directing its advancement.
As far as Americans, Franklin is up there with the most important. Right up there with Lincoln, Washington, and MLK Jr.
A darkhorse candidate who never seems to get much respect though I would say John Adams deserves mention. He had a much bigger hand in the building of America and the founding of our government than he's often given credit for in the history books.