Isabella Stewart Gardner: ‘One of the Seven Wonders of Boston’
Isabella Stewart Gardner was a firecracker of a woman with a studied yet eclectic taste in art and the means to acquire lots of it. As one friend put it, she lived “at a rate and intensity, with a reality that makes other lives seem pale, thin and shadowy.”
Robert Smalls: From Slave to War Hero, Entrepreneur, and Congressman
Robert Smalls had much in common with many other heroes of history, such as Joan of Arc and Rosa Parks. Like them, Smalls refused to live as a victim.
John Locke: The Father of Liberalism
Those who built America—the freest and most moral country on earth—stood on the shoulders of John Locke. We who fight for individual rights and freedom today stand on his shoulders, too.
Joan of Arc: Heroine of France, Exemplar of Courage
Joan of Arc refused to live as a helpless bystander in the face of adversity. Instead, she fought for a primitive but admirable conception of freedom.
The Moral Courage of Rosa Parks
By refusing to give in to injustice, Parks sparked not only the Montgomery bus boycott but the American Civil Rights movement as such, which would go on to topple the legal support of racial discrimination in the United States.