3 Leaders

  • Category: American History
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  • Grade: 95
The term leader is defined as an influential individual in new Webster's dictionary. Nowhere in the definition is morality mentioned. My perception of the strongest leader was based on that definition and close analyzation of individual strength. Adolph Hitler was by far the most influential of the 20th century with an FDR a close second.

Hitler became known throughout Germany and used his nine months in prison to write Mein Kampf [my struggle], filled with anti-Semitism, power worship, disdain for morality, and his strategy for world domination. It became the bible of the Nazi party. Once in power, Hitler went on to establish himself as an absolute ruler. At a speech in Nuremburg, Hitler announced the Nuremburg laws, which stripped Jews of their citizenship, and their rights to enjoy the benefits of the state. The Jewish people of Germany were also forced to wear a yellow Star of David, identifying them to the Gestapo (Hitler's secret police). Those who broke the laws were subject to beatings, punishment, and even death. Tens of thousands were jailed and sent to concentration camps, just because they happened to be Jewish religion. Not willing to take on the issue, the Allies were unable to stop the German's from taking over Austria. As Hitler grew bolder, so did his conquests. Next on his agenda was Czechoslovakia. Hitler demanded that the German speaking section of the country should become part of Germany. He later invaded Poland splitting in two between the Soviet Union and Germany. Throughout WWII Hitler was able to manipulate millions of people into believing what he said was all in good heart. His strong speech tactics, Lack of morals, and craving for power lead him to be one of the best political leaders of the 20th century. Though Hitler is not one to praise, he is one to understand. He is my number one because of his complete devotion to making largely noted changes on an almost daily basis. Without Hitler our world would have been oblivious to the overwhelming amount of trickery involved in politics and world leaders. The reason I chose Hitler for my number one is due to his expertise in conquerment. I believe no matter what the circumstances Hitler would find a way to dominate.

Roosevelt became a kind of vengeful hero, fighting the good fight in the name of justice. In so doing he ended an economic slump by gearing the nation up for war and won over the support of the public and businesses that were very grateful for the new jobs. He had started the U.S on a direct path to becoming a world power as well as saving Europe and the Jews from the fascist Nazis. He signed the Neutrality Act of 1935, making it illegal for the United States to ship arms to the belligerent governments of any conflict. The act also stated that belligerent nations could buy only non-armaments from the US, and even these were only to be bought with cash. However, his domestic strategies were not too well thought out, (started the national debt that is now around five trillion) his foreign policies were not pure of heart, (allowing the Japanese to bomb Pearl Harbor even though he knew it would happen ahead of time) and his public relations committee did an excellent job in painting him the savior of the world (anyone is far from that title, including FDR). The accepted and slightly warped view people have of him today gives him the potential to be even more warped in the future. The truth of the matter is that FDR did what he had to do to keep the united states a world power. He did not back down at Hitler's sneer but he kept his morals in the back of his head at all times. FDR truly did not have as much influence on his people as a was necessary, but obviously there was enough. He kept hold of his nation's attention and fought hard to stay on top. He just did not have the power of belief backing him. It was his own fault.

The story of Churchill's life is an integral part of the history of World War II. He was national commander in chief, with direct control over the formulation of policy and the conduct of military operations. He supervised every aspect of the war effort. His first concern was to create the administrative machinery for the central direction of the war. He set up a small personal staff of officers who also served on the war cabinet secretariat, so that there was a close working relationship between the war cabinet of ministers directly responsible for the conduct of the war and the new office of the minister of defense, which Churchill held himself. During the German bombing raids on London, Churchill spent as much time as he could among its stricken citizens. Even with the deep dedication Churchill portrayed to citizens he was not as strong a leader as he could have been. If he had kept all of his beliefs at hand but done some "bad" to others he may have pulled through on top. He was a dignified leader, which is more to say for than the other two, but he did not have enough courage to do "wrongly" or unfairly. His people looked to him for direction but that is the end of it. I don't believe there was any true hope in pulling out ahead. It seems apparent to me that after ties with Germany grew sour Britain's end was in clear sight.

All three of these men had truly unique powers. Each of them held a good fight. I truly believe, however that Mr. Adolph Hitler sufficed more than enough in the influential zone of his day. He proved it to be amazing that so many people could follow one man's word.
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