By Alexis Ngo
Ayn Rand was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, on February 2, 1905. At age six she taught herself to read. During high school, she was an eyewitness to both the Kerensky Revolution (which she supported) and in 1917 the Bolshevik Revolution, which she disagreed with. In order to escape the fighting, her family went to the Crimea, where she finished high school. She then attended college at the University of Petrograd to study philosophy and history. And after admiring the work of movies for so long she entered the State Institute for Cinema Arts in 1924 to study screenwriting.
- Her two most well know books are the fountainhead and atlas shrugged, but they are famous because her stories are full of drama and they intrigue people.
- She developed a philosophical system she called "Objectivism"
- she published Atlas Shrugged in 1957
- in fall of 1925, she came to the US and was so amazed she never left
- she is buried in NY right next to her husband
- She supported abortion rights, opposed the Vietnam War and the military draft, supported Israel in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 against a coalition of Arab nations as "civilized men fighting savages", said that European colonists had the right to take land from American Indians, and called homosexuality "immoral" and "disgusting", while also advocating the repeal of all laws about it.