How is Atticus similar to Abraham Lincoln in terms of leadership qualities, and how are they different?Please mention specific leader qualities that they possess which make them good leaders....

How is Atticus similar to Abraham Lincoln in terms of leadership qualities, and how are they different?

Please mention specific leader qualities that they possess which make them good leaders. thanks so much

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Unlike the previous post, I would argue that one of the differences between Atticus and Lincoln was their approach to race relations.  Atticus appeared to be genuinely motivated by a feeling that even the African Americans in his town ought to be treated equally or get good representation in court.  Lincoln's attitude towards the slaves was often much more colored by the politics of the time than they were by a personal feeling about equality.

In fact much of Lincoln's thoughts on the subject that were recorded would suggest that he did not feel that slaves ought to be equal citizens but were in fact different or inferior.  But politically astute as he was, he pushed for the emancipation proclamation and has been celebrated as the great emancipator.

 

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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This is an excellent comparison of one real and one fictional character. Both men are tall and thin, and both attract enemies because of their sometimes unpopular decisions. Like Lincoln, Atticus Finch is known for his sometimes painful honesty. Atticus always believes in telling it like it is, especially to his children, who he hopes will benefit from his words of wisdom. Like Lincoln, Atticus is a leader in his community; he has been elected repeatedly to the Alabama state legislature without opposition. What better way could the citizens of Maycomb honor a man? Like Lincoln, Atticus believes that all men are created equal--specifically, the black man--and he takes the Tom Robinson case knowing that his stance could bring harm to him and/or his family. Like Lincoln, who gave his life for honoringhis beliefs, Atticus puts himself at risk to others whose racial enlightenment and strength of character are not as solid.

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misterb200 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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As a student, I think it would benefit you to look up and study the word "stoicism" and as applied to a person, the word "stoic." See if the definitions of these words spurs you to find your own similarities and differences between these two men. As with all comparisons of trait, it is most helpful to get specific by studdying what the men SAID, what they DID (actions), and what we know of how they FELT and THOUGHT. Think of these categories as:

SAY

DO

THINK/FEEL

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