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Abraham Lincoln

AbrahamLincolnReared in an impoverished family on the western frontier, the self-reliant Abraham Lincoln is the leading example of the “anyone can make it” ethos.  He was self-educated by candlelight in a one-room log cabin. He was an avid reader and he read and reread “Aesop’s Fables” and Defoe’s “Robinson Crusoe.”

His mother died when he was 9.  As he grew into his teens, he willingly took responsibility for all chores expected of him in the household and became an adept axe-man in his work building rail fences. He attained a reputation for brawn and audacity after a very competitive wrestling match to which he was challenged by the renowned leader of local ruffians. Lincoln also gave his father all earnings from work done outside the home.

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Susan B. Anthony

Susan B Anthony. When Susan B. Anthony was 17 she was forced to end her educational studies when her family was in financial ruin. Her family was forced to sell everything they had at an auction. To help her family, she ended her formal education and took a job.

At age 17 she became active in the abolition movement. She founded a group that conducted the largest anti-slavery petition drive in the nation's history up to that time, collecting nearly 400,000 signatures.

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Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison. When Thomas Alva Edison entered school at age 7 his mind wandered to such an extent that one teacher called him "addled", or unable to think clearly. He only lasted three months.

His mother taught him at home. Edison recalled later, "My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me; and I felt I had something to live for, someone I must not disappoint."

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Roald Amundsen

gritfire amundsen suitThe Amundsen Sea. Amundsen Glacier. Amundsen Bay. Amundsen Plain. Mt. Amundsen. Amundsen Gulf. Amundsen Basin. Amundsen Crater (on the moon). Why are so many places named Amundsen?

Roald Amundsen was a Norwegian explorer born in 1872. As a youth his dream was to be an arctic explorer, and he insisted on sleeping with the windows open even during the frigid Norwegian winters to help condition himself for a future life of polar exploration.

His mother wanted him to avoid the family maritime trade and encouraged him to be a doctor, a promise that Amundsen kept until his mother died when he was 21. Upon her death, Amundsen promptly quit his university medical studies for a life of exploration.

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