Who Are Some Influential People in History?


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Some influential people in history are William Shakespeare, Mahatma Gandhi, Alexander Hamilton, Friedrich Nietzsche, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Sigmund Freud, Charles Dickens, Paul the Apostle, Winston Churchill, Augustus, Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Queen Victoria, Martin Luther, Aristotle, Jesus, Napoleon and Muhammad, notes Time magazine. Other influential people include Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Adolf Hitler, Alexander the Great, Thomas Jefferson, Karl Marx and Elizabeth I of England.

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Mahatma Gandhi was an anti-war activist. He worked for the rights of the people of India and was the leader of the successful independence movement in India. He became influential because of the methods he used, which were peaceful boycotts. His civil disobedience events led to the British leaving India and India finally gaining its independence. Gandhi became interested in this work because he wanted to end caste discrimination, eliminate poverty and support women's rights in ways the British did not, notes Biography.

William Shakespeare is revered around the world for his original and creative plays. He is considered England's "national poet" and has "had more theatrical works performed than any other playwright," notes the History Channel. His plays continue to be performed in modern times and contain many interesting soliloquies. His unique use of iambic pentameter and verse also mark his genius. He is an influence to all kinds of writers.

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