Friday, February 13, 2009

Where Are Their Kind Now?

Thomas Paine
Author of Common Sense, advocate of American independence and of the American commoner, reviled after the Revolution for his continuing advocacy of the rights of all.

Wat Tyler
Lead the English Peasant's Revolt of 1381, advocating egalitarian principles.

Queen Boudica
Lead the English tribes in an uprising against occupying Roman forces in AD 60 or 61.

Lead the slave uprising against Roman rule in 73 BC.

Nat Turner
Lead the slave rebellion in Virginia in 1831.

John Brown
Abolitionist who attempted in 1859 to inspire a liberation movement among slaves in Harpers Ferry, VA

Pyotr Kropotkin
Born to Russian nobility, became increasingly disillusioned with royalty and embraced anarchism.

Daniel Shays
Moved by the poverty of people in western Massachusetts, lead farmers in a revolt against the government of Massachusetts in 1786

Ned Ludd
According to legend, enraged by the loss of employment with the introduction of machinery, namely the stocking frame for knitting, he smashed two frames in 1779 and became a hero to workers.

Guy Fawkes
Sought to end Protestant oppression of Catholics in Britain in the 1605 Gunpowder Plot to blow up Parliament.

Che Guevara
Joined Fidel Castro in the 1956 revolutionary invasion of Cuba to overthrow US-sponsored dictator Batista.

Marcus Garvey
Advocated a unified African effort to the removal of European powers from Africa

Ho Chi Minh
Citing the US Declaration of Independence, petitioned Woodrow Wilson to aid in the nationalist aspirations of the Vietnamese people. Wilson ignored him.

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