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Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Junior, were very influential people, one in South Africa, the other in the United States.

Nelson Mandela fought to tear apart the apartheid. The apartheid was a huge problem in South Africa, apartheid was a movement/law that enabled the white people to have say in government, while they made regions, separate from the whites, for the Africans. Nelson Mandela abolished this and became President in South Africa. Later he died because of Tuberculosis, a lung disease.

Martin Luther King Junior also fought for his own cause, racism. The "black" population was being treated unfairly by the "whites" who felt that they were more superior. Riots would break out, which made both sides angry. Martin Luther King Junior didn't believe in violence and hoped to stop this conflict. In trying to do so he started a new vision for people, that "blacks" are as equal as "whites" and it helped calm the racism in the United States. Although, Martin Luther King Junior had died, this battle kept being fought, until racism has come to a close end.

Although they had lived on different parts of the world they both had affected their countries, and the world, for the better rather than the worse. They had been underdogs because of the lack of people who supported them and even their own countries not supporting them, though they were successful. Even though, they both have died, their legacy still lives on and their achievements leave a mark on the world.

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Differences of Nelson Mandela

-Nelson Mandela did not only peaceful protests, but as well as violent protests.

-He was born in South Africa.

-Had died from tuberculosis, or a lung disease, which was already diagnosed.

-He was influential to South Africa for breaking down the Apartheid and help the country get back together.


-They had both died in one way or another.

-They did peaceful protests although Nelson Mandela also did violent ones.

-They had never met each other, though they were aware that one another existed.

-They brought their country together, since then there has been reduced conflict within the countries that they have affected.

-Both were influential to either one of their countries, and eventually died for their causes.

-In their own countries they have a day celebrated for their hard work.

-They had both been underdogs, when half there country turn their backs to them, but still succeeded.

Differences of Martin Luther King Junior

-Martin Luther King Junior had only done peaceful protests, so the black minority would not be harmed as much as they would have.

-He was born in the United States.

-Dr. King had been shot, while he was outside by his hotel's terrace, he was alive for awhile, but later succumbed, or died, to this fatal shot.

-Martin Luther King Junior was influential to the United States for attempting to end racism between the "blacks" and "whites", and his hard work is paying off, you don't see too much racism in the U.S.


The Mostly True Adventures Of Homer P. Figg

The book," The Mostly True Adventure Of Homer P. Figg," is in sequence/process form of the five text structures. The book starts of in Maine during the Civil War, Homer P. Figg lives on a farm with his abusive uncle, and his brother. One day Homer was told to feed the pigs some bread, but he ate and his uncle got mad. While running around the farm Homer's brother, Harold, pushes the uncle, Squinton, into the mud. A couple of hours later Squinton comes back with officers and tells the men that Harold is twenty, while he was only seventeen, and that he was old enough to join the Civil War. Harold was whisked away from Homer and put into the war, and Squinton locked Harold up in his room. He later escapes with his horse Bob, after hearing that the oath that Homer swore by was not legal, and rides through the creepy forest to save him.

Then two men ambush him and take him and his horse, along with him there was an African American man named Samuel Reed. The bandits, Stink and Smelt, convince Homer to spy on a peaceful protester, Jebediah Brewster, who is said to hold slaves to help get them through the underground railroad. Once he gets inside the house Mr. Brewster and his cook, Mrs. Bean take care of him with open arms and even show him where the slaves are being held. Mr. Brewster somehow knew that Homer was spying and peacefully approached him, and Homer told the protester the whole story. Then Homer is told to take the bandits to the caves, and lie to them that the slaves were being hidden there. As he nears the end of the cave Samuel Reed bursts out of nowhere and beats up Stink and Smelt. The next morning Homer learns that Samuel is a underground railroad conductor and was ambushed before he could transport the other slaves. As Jebediah Brewster sympathizes that Homer's brother was taken, he gives him assistance along the way.

The assistance that Homer gets is a person, Mr. Willow. When they meet Mr. Willow greets Homer enthusiastically and they then go to the train station as Homer learns that new recruits go to New York. The duo then go to the train station, where Mr. Willow saves a women from falling, and as a sign of gratitude she takes them out to lunch with her brother, which Homer found suspicious. As they had ate Mr. Willow and Homer try to leave because of the train and the find out that the brother and sister also have to same train, so they go together and Homer felt that was not a coincidence, so he had told Mr. Willow. He discarded this fact and continued to rude to Homer until Homer had confronted the brother and sister. He found out that they were after his money. Before they lock him in a pig pen Mr. Willow yells out that he is marrying the women.

While Homer was stuck in the pig pen he had men making fun of him and calling him 'pig boy'. Then a man comes and saves Homer from this criticism, Professor Fleabottom saves Homer and cleans him up. Professor tries to convince Homer to join his medicine show and Homer agrees. At the medicine show Professor Fleabottom claims to sell a potion of strength, which Homer finds out to be whiskey. He confronted the Professor and he replied saying that men needed relaxation before going into war, so he sold these bottles to help them hope that they had more strength. Later the Professor and his group, for his medicine show, notice a hot air balloon and meet the man who owns it, and have lunch with him, Mr. Dennet Bobbins. While they ate officers circle the table and attempt to arrest the Professor and Homer. They tried to arrest Professor Fleabottom for being a confederate spy and Homer for helping him, but Homer jumps into the hot air balloon and flies away.

Homer flies calmly over the tiny specks seen on the ground, until he realizes there is a tear in the balloon and the balloon keeps getting closer to the ground as the hole becomes wider. He frantically looks for an answer to stop the crash from happening, as he cannot he jumps from the balloon into the pond he saw. A few minutes later a man comes to investigate the fiery balloon and finds Homer in the pond, and puts him in jail. Homer had landed in confederate territory. In jail the guards and the newspaperman had liked him because he had known Professor Fleabottom. Homer lies to these men to try to get out, so he says that he is rich and owns thousands of slaves. While he was adding to his story 'The Battle Of Gettysburg' had begun, and all soldiers and guards had to go, leaving Homer and the newspaper man alone. He then tries to convince the newspaperman to release him and supply him with a horse, the man does both and Homer leaves the confederate side of the battle and goes straight through the 'Battle Of Gettysburg'.

Surprisingly, without getting shot Homer and the pony make it to the other side when the horse reared back and threw Homer on the ground. Then some man heaved him into cover. The man then asks the sergeant what to do and the sergeant says, "All civilians to the rear!" Homer then goes to the rear and asks around for his brother and eventually goes to another regiment and falls asleep. Homer is woken suddenly by a man. Mr. Willow! After being tricked by the man and women he had felt guilty and joined the army and found out what regiment Harold was in and who the sergeant was, along with also knowing that that regiment was marching through that path in a few hours. A few hours later a regiment does come by and Homer asks around for his brother and eventually the sergeant told him that he was in jail for resisting orders. Finally, Harold and Homer meet at the end of the group and Homer tries to convince Harold to leave with Homer, so they could live, but as they get to the hill the sergeant releases everyone and tries to hold the hill from the opposition and Harold and Homer run in.

Homer tries to hand out ammunition to almost every soldier, while Harold handled the men by the war front. They did this for another hour or so, until the ammunition was out. The sergeant yelled to get the bayonets, or guns with knives at the end, and fight with those. As Harold fought he had killed the Confederate Sergeant and picked up the flag himself indicating that the battle was over, Homer knew now that the sergeant had died Harold is the new focal point for all attacks, so Homer picked up a gun and shot near Harold's feet. Harold fell to the ground with the flag.

As soon as Homer realized his mistake he went to the flag and saw that his brother was still alive, and picked up the flag. As if it were a sequence the Confederates lowered their weapons. When Homer had shot near Harold's feet a chunk of rock flew of the ground and buried itself into Harold's leg making him fall. The battle had ended and they went home, years later the war had ended with the Union winning. Harold had his leg amputated because his injury had become infected. Mr. Brewster finds them and begins to raise them and the story ends there. Though Homer was a child he had the bravery to lift up a flag, when hundreds of people could half shot him, but he stood his ground, which proves that he was an underdog, but he came out on top and also saved his brother.

Problem and Solution

Nelson Mandela believed that apartheid should be ridden of and replaced with a better government. Rather then starting this subject blindly you should know what the apartheid was in South Africa. The apartheid allowed the British/ the "white" population, to rule the "black" population, in government and even in race. The British also made new regions for the Africans to live amongst themselves, and this was a huge problem considering that the black African population filled up about 80% of South Africa. Nelson Mandela did not find this fit and tried to oppose. The antagonist, problem, was the apartheid, and the protagonist, solution, was Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela grew up to oppose the British rule and felt he needed to do something, so he had joined the A.N.C., or the African National Congress to try to fix this situation in a peaceful manner. Seeing as if peace wouldn't help the British end what they had started he ended doing violent protests as well as peaceful ones. He had also joined the Anti-Apartheid Movement and did protests with them. Many people agreed with Nelson Mandela's ways, a few didn't, and the last majority of people stayed quiet and went along with everything. When Nelson Mandela was caught and put into jail for more then two decades, people chose to fight harder, and when he was release from prison he fought a little harder and the apartheid was over. The solution was peace, riots, and patience. Nelson Mandela seemed like an underdog, but won a Nobel Peace Prize and also became the president of South Africa.

Cause and Effect


Beatrice Prior is a girl who lives in a city that as built after a war. This city runs on order, there are five groups or factions that you get picked for, depending on your personality. There are five of them and Beatrice gets picked for three different factions. The selfless faction, the fighting faction, and the smart faction,( Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite). Having two or more factions, or being divergent, are dangerous and can get you killed, but the person who tested her gave pity and helped her escape. Beatrice switches factions from Abnegation to Dauntless and also changes her name to Tris. Tris is bad at fighting, which leads to the teacher Four helping her, and she became a better fighter. She was the worst student, so she tried harder and became 1st in her class. She was and underdog because she was the weakest girl in the beginning of the book, but by the end she was the strongest in her class and came 1st.


J.K. Rowling

The author of the Harry Potter series was one of the greatest underdogs at one point. J.K. Rowling was left alone with one daughter and she could barely earn money. She used to be so poor that she used to get welfare. Welfare is the money that the government gives you if you have no money of your own, you can use this money for anything, but it had to used smartly. She hoped that her writing career would sky-rocket if she were to make a fictional book. The adversities just kept coming she had to take care of a daughter, while the husband was gone. She had needed welfare for a longtime before she created Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling would often go to cafes to write her books. Her Harry Potter series was turned down 12 times before being accepted. Moving on from the adversities she owns one of the best known series in the world. Her last four books of the Harry Potter series set records for being the fastest selling book in the world. She had stopped needing welfare, instead she had earned about $450 million in sales from books. She gets most of the money the movies make, plus she also gets money from The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter in Universal Studios California. She has to be one of the greatest underdog who has succeeded.


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