Independence Day Alternatives

This Independence Day week, I’m running a series of posts I’m calling “Four For The Fourth—Alternatives To Accommodation And Assimilation.”

I’m going to discuss four Americans who chose paths other than “going along to get along.”

As the week progresses, the historical figure I write about will be a person who followed a more radical course than the individual featured the previous day.

Tomorrow, I’ll start by writing about Franklin Roosevelt’s Labor Secretary Frances Perkins. Perkins imagined a government with an expanded conception of the value of each human being.

Wednesday, I’ll feature former Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater. Goldwater stuck to his principles over time, even after defeat, and saw the political system remade somewhat in his image.

Thursday’s post will consider Revolutionary hero Thomas Paine. Paine sought a complete change in how Americans were governed.

Finally, on Friday I’ll write about Tecumseh. Tecumseh thought he was better off dead than living under the control of whites.

A message of this series is “There are always other options.”

Please join me all week for this effort and thanks for reading Where’s the Outrage?

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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