"Famous Americans": The Changing Pantheon of American Heroes

Wineburg, Sam; Monte-Sano, Chauncey
March 2008
Journal of American History;Mar2008, Vol. 94 Issue 4, p1186
Academic Journal
The article discusses a study of famous people in U.S. history based on the perception of high school students. The top famous people include Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Benjamin Franklin and Oprah Winfrey. King appeared on 64% of all white students' lists and on 82% of all African American students' lists. Region played a role in the responses of adults than it did in the responses of students. Overall, students were more four times more likely as adults to name King and Tubman.


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