The Perseverance of People

By: Lake Williams P.3/4

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Abraham Lincoln Perseveres

Abraham Lincoln has overcome many adversities in his time. He first taught himself law and became a lawyer in 1836. Lincoln, then, moved to Springfield, Illinois and married Mary Todd in 1842. In 1846, he is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. During an 11 year period, he faces off against slavery and Jefferson Davis. In 1858, Abe joins the Republican Party, as this party is in opposition to slavery. Five years later, Lincoln announces the Emancipation Proclamation, which states that all U.S. states that wish for slavery to be abolished, may do so, in great detail and eloquence. After a series of debates with Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln is elected as the 16th president of the United States, in 1861. A few months after Lincoln becomes president, the Union fleet is ambushed at Fort Sumter and the Civil War begins. Southern states secede from the Union and form the Confederate States of America. Ulysses S. Grant is heralded as the war commander for the Union army. The Civil War goes on for four years, until Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders to Union General Ulysses S. Grant. In 1865, Lincoln is re-elected for another four year term as president. On April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth with a .44 caliber Derringer pistol. Lincoln has persevered in many ways. He started to "pave" the road to abolishing slavery and won the Civil War with "one hand behind his back".

Steve Jobs Perseveres

Steve Jobs created the Apple computer in 1976. But before his innovative creation, where was he? I know where. He wasn't anywhere. He was lost. Jobs was born on February 24, 1955 to two University of Wisconsin graduates. They gave him up for adoption and was eventually adopted by Clara and Paul Jobs, whom named him Steve Jobs. As a child, Steve enjoyed working with electronics with his father. Though he was intelligent and innovative, he was bored in school and had to be bribed to study. When he was tested, he tested so well, that he was given the option to enroll in high school early. His parents declined. In high school, he met his future partner, Steve Wozniak, whom would help build the Apple computer in 1976. Once he completed high school, he went to college... for only six months. He, then, spent the next 18 months dropping in on creative classes at school. In 1974, he took a job with Atari, which he then left, to find spiritual enlightenment in India. Two years later, they started working on the Apple computer, which was worked on, in the Jobs family garage. Steve Jobs was only 21 when he started to create, one of the most influential pieces of technology in history. In the period between 1976 and 2003, Steve departed from the Apple company, invested in the Pixar company, re-joined the Apple company, etc. In 2003, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer because of a rare, but operable neuroendocrine tumor. He postponed surgery, until 2004, because he was weighing Eastern treatment options and altering his diet. In 2004, the tumor was removed. In 2009, his health issues resurfaced and rumors circulated around the world. Unfortunately, after battling pancreatic cancer for a decade, Steve Jobs died in 2011, at age 56. So, how did Steve Jobs persevere? He was lost and didn't know what to do with his life. He met Steve Wozniak and built the Apple 1 computer with him. He became very influenced in the world of technology. Eventually, though he fought a long battle, he yielded and died due to his pancreatic cancer.

Adolf Hitler Perseveres

World War 2 was a dark and brooding time for the many peoples of Europe. Especially, under the dictator-ship of Adolf Hitler, ruler of Nazi Germany. Most people that weren't around during the World War 2-era, wonder, how did Hitler rise to power so quickly and take over 3/4 of the continent of Europe, in less than two years? Simply enough, he took control of the German government in 1933, after being appointed as Chancellor of Germany and then built a large and powerful army and attacked Poland in 1939, starting World War 2. Since Hitler saw Jewish people as inferior, an event known as "The Holocaust" had begun, which was planned to locate and annihilate all Jews. It lasted for twelve years. On April 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide by gunshot. His wife, Eva, bit down into a cyanide capsule. Their are rumors stating that Adolf Hitler didn't commit suicide because of the advancing army. It is believed that Hitler had mental issues, like Autism and Parkinson's disease. Some believe that this is why he committed suicide, though their is no evidence to support this theory. But, either way, it does not change the impact that Adolf Hitler had on World War 2 and the world today because his will and persistence will always be remembered, as why he almost succeeded.
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Personal Perseverance Defintion/Lessons Learned From Perseverance

Perseverance: Achieving success or triumph, in the face of adversity, despite difficulty or challenge. Perseverance. It is where "The Line" is erased and everyone comes together to help each other and persevere as one. It shows us how, we are all so similar, rather than different. How, adversity is something we all face everyday and how it is something we can all overcome and triumph over. Even, in the face of hard times, depression, and difficulty. But, adversity is a part of life and it's not something we can prevent. Triumph is also a part of life and it is something we can use to our advantage. Perseverance is the key to destroying and triumphing over adversity, hate, prejudice, violence, etc, but there are other "keys". These "keys" can and will help us advance the world's nations and bring about peace throughout the world. And that's what perseverance is all about.