Describe the main characters in the book Profiles in Courage.

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Profiles in Courage is, of course, a non-fiction book.  Its characters are real people from history.  In the book John F. Kennedy (and the people who helped him write the book) profile 8 US Senators.  They are the main characters of the book.

The space we are allowed here does not allow me to go into a lot of detail on each man, but I would say that the thing they have in common is that they all demonstrated what Kennedy thinks of as political courage.  In other words, they all did at least one thing that they thought was right even if it would cost them politically.  The book describes the thing or things that each of the eight men did.

The eight men are

  • John Quincy Adams
  • Thomas Hart Benton
  • Sam Houston
  • Lucius Lamar
  • George Norris
  • Edmund Ross
  • Robert Taft
  • Daniel Webster
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