10 Amazing Courageous People In History

Added by Fran on Mar 5, 2015
courageous people in history

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

When researching this list, I wanted to find stories that convey the inherent altruistic nature we're all capable of, but don't often hear about. Those unsung heroes that risked everything for a greater good and, for a moment, transcended their own immortality to make the right decision where most others would have hesitated. Some heroes affect one life, while others can change the course of history. Today we'll be looking at 10 courageous people in history and their amazing acts of heroism.

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Dr. Daniel Ellsberg leaks the Pentagon Papers to the press, and sticks around to face the music

Long before Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, and Julian Assange, there was Dr. Daniel Ellsberg. A strategic analyst employed at a global strategy think tank, he helped to contribute research to a study of classified documents regarding the conduct of the Vietnam War. It wasn’t until late 1969 that Ellsberg became disturbed by the course of the war, and he decided he should do something about it. Photocopying classified documents, he first approached members of the Senate, working throughout 1970 to try and persuade them to release these documents to the Senate. Unsuccessful, he shared the papers with Neil Sheehan of the New York Times, who then published them. After publication, Ellsberg then leaked the papers to other papers, including The Washington Post. Despite facing a number of charges that carried up to 115 years of sentences, Ellsberg stayed in the country instead of being a coward and running. He surrendered to authorities and faced the charges, and in 1973, all of the charges were dismissed.

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Margaret Corbin (wo)mans a cannon

In the Revolutionary War, women were expected to follow their soldier husbands around and cook for them, and do their laundry. Margaret Corbin was fine doing this, and followed her husband John to Fort Washington, New York. In one attack, John was assisting a cannon gunner. When the gunner was struck down, John took command of the cannon, and Margaret stepped up to assist. After a period of time, John was killed as well, at which point, with no one around, Margaret herself took charge of the cannon, and continued to keep firing without any help, loading the cannon and firing it on her own. She was eventually severely wounded by grapeshot, and carried to the rear. She never fully recovered from her wounds, living without use of her left arm for the rest of her life. For her bravery, she was the first woman to be granted a soldier’s pension, and a monument to her stands at West Point.

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