Biography can do more than tell the story of a person’s life. It can provide a looking glass into the times in which that person lived.

In this assignment, you will choose ONE of the three important personages of the first half of the twentieth century listed below. You will his or her life’s stories, focusing on the most important events. You will examine his or her world outlook, his or her ideology—what did he or she believe in, what did he or she try to achieve, what did he or she succeed in achieving. But more importantly, you will place them in their times. How was he or she shaped by events and how did their lives reflect the times in which they lived?

You will find a few things about them in the text but this paper will require you to do research online as well.


CHARLES LINDBERGH (famed aviator, spokesperson for America First Committee movement)

FRANCES PERKINS (progressive activist, Secretary of Labor in the Franklin Roosevelt Administration)

A. PHILIP RANDOLPH (civil rights leader and president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters union)

This paper should run 800-1,000 words in length. It should be footnoted in either MLA or Chicago style. It is due by Sunday, November 1. Please submit it as an MS Word or PDF file on Blackboard.

As always, if you have any questions about what I am looking for in the assignment, you are more than welcome to come see me during office hours.