Sunday's USA Today ran an article about who high schoolers, in all 50 states, thought were the 10 most famous Americans in history. Most surprising to me was that only one person, Benjamin Franklin, who fought for America's freedom and was a signer of the U.S. Constitution was listed. But it was also surprising to see Marilyn Monroe and Oprah Winfrey appear on the list! Surely these students didn't learn anything in their history classes!
I could agree with about half of the people cited on the list. But I would also add: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Witherspoon, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy come to mind right away. There are probably dozens of people who should have been on the list before Marilyn Monroe and Oprah Winfrey!