Margaret (née Cochran) Corbin (November 12, 1751 – January 16, 1800) was a woman who fought in the American Revolutionary War. On November 16, 1776, she and her husband, John Corbin, both from Philadelphia, along with some 600 American soldiers, were defending Fort Washington in northern Manhattan from 4,000 attacking Hessian troops under British command. John and Margaret crewed one of two cannons the defenders possessed. When her husband fell, Margaret took his place at his cannon and continued firing until she, herself, was seriously wounded. She later became the first woman in U.S. history to receive a pension from Congress for military service.
The textbooks may not be willing to say it, but a lot of people kind of reference those tropes. Anytime they conflate American emigration westward with development or taming of the west it's basically an old adage of Frederick Jackson Turner and those like him who had the gift of ignoring Native Americans by turning off their mental light switches. Americans moving West: light switch turns on. Americans walking in front of vast infrastructure developed over centuries of geopolitical conflict and trade: light switch turns off.
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"We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963
I think Margaret Chase Smith (First woman to serve in both houses of Congress and first woman to be placed in nomination for the presidency at a major party convention) should be put on the $10 bill.
I'm just kind of a fan of Harriet Tubman. To be a woman in that era plus being black in that era and bucking the system they way she did... quintessentially American to be on the right side of history thumbing her nose at America itself only to be proven right by history. She went against America and ended up having America change to be more like her.
Morgan was the principle backer of Roosevelt - the whole time his intent, and the intent of his Wall Street buddies, was to make sure their puppet (Wilson) would win.
Once Wilson was elected, he did everything they wanted - the two most important things being The Federal Reserve Act, formerly known as the Aldrich Act (Remember Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller?? Aldrich was his grandfather), and his committed entrance into WW I.
WW I provided the Establishment the cover they needed to overthrow Czar Nicholas and establishment a communist (antithesis) foothold in Russia.
P.S. It is worth noting that Wilson wrote after he left office, "... I have unwittingly ruined my country" - he should have thought of that before he agreed to do the bidding of those monsters.