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5 people from US History who should be Better Known

Listicles are smallish articles structured in the form of a list, typically having some additional content relating to each item. You’ve seen the topics: 10 things you didn’t know about Celebrity X. Or the five best toppings for pizza. This week’s contest is in the form of a listicle topic:

5 people from US History who should be Better Known.

Who didn’t get the due you think they deserve? Whose exploits do you want to share? Well, share your list with us. The listicle that tickles our fancy the most wins a little Liberty Bell.

Here’s ours to get you going:

  1. Ponca chief Standing Bear — Ponca chief Standing Bear's oldest son died in 1879. The chief had promised to bury him in his homeland, and about 60 Ponca accompanied him back to Nebraska from Oklahoma where the Ponca had been relocated. The US Army was ordered to arrest them for having left the reservation.  With the aid of prominent attorneys working pro bono, Standing Bear filed a writ of habeas corpus challenging his arrest. The case of Standing Bear v. Crook (1879) was a landmark decision in the US District Court, where the judge ruled that Indians had the same legal rights as other United States citizens.
  2. Peggy Shippen – Philadelphia hottie during the Revolutionary War. Dallied with British offers in 1777, then married Benedict Arnold and helped try to sell out West Point
  3. Elizabeth Jennings Graham – Rosa Parks of 1854! (Look her up!)
  4. Grace Hopper (1906-1992): American computer scientist and U.S. Navy Rear Admiral who developed the first computer programming compiler and coined the term "debugging."
  5. Philo Farnsworth (1906-1971): Great name and the guy who developed the first video camera tube and the first successful all-electronic television system. (And he lived in the town over from us.)
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