Courage means proceeding in spite of feeling afraid, and having strength of mind and will in the face of danger. The courage of individuals can bring about political change and ensure justice and the happiness of society.

Many famous Americans have praised the value of courage. President Andrew Jackson said, “One man with courage makes a majority.” In his “Duty, Honor, Country” Address, General Douglas MacArthur described the temperament of the American soldier as a “predominance of courage over timidity.” The Founders displayed courage in issuing the Declaration of Independence, fighting the Revolutionary War, and framing a new form of republican government through the Constitution.

Citizens today can exhibit the courage to engage in political speech, to serve in the military, and to stand up for their rights and the rights of others.

Some individuals who are special examples of courage include Abigail AdamsGeorge Washington, Frederick Douglass, Alice Paul, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ronald Reagan.