Before you can actually analyze bravery and courage, you have to define it. While these two words are usually synonyms, they’re more than often used with different meanings. For example, most people associate courage with day to day activities like confessing love, while Bravery is for life-threatening tasks. In “Reno 911!” The Rock describes bravery as “When you do something dangerous, and you’re not scared”, and courage as “When you’re smart enough to know you SHOULD be scared, but you do it anyway”. John Quincy Adams, son of the 4th president John Adams, was highly respected, and was thought to go far because of his amazing mother, and the fact that he was the son of an old president. Quincy Adams was listed in the book mainly for breaking away from the Federalist Party. Back then, the Federalist Party was against the purchasing of Louisiana and all the areas surrounding it. They argued, and argued about it, until a vote came to take place. Out of all the Federalist that voted, John Quincy Adams was the only one to vote for purchasing the area, and later he broke up with the party. Quincy Adams is courageous, being that he was able to speak for himself, against his fellow party members, DESPITE the fact that all his life, he was expected to follow in the footsteps of Federalist members. He also still had the courage to go through with the Embargo Act of 1807 even when Federalist Party members, once again, voted against it. He didn’t care that people thought of him highly, or that he was going against his friends, people he shared drinks with. None of that
is true courage. Daniel Webster, was a representative from New Hampshire. He created a speech that not only supported the Compromise of 1850 bill (which was made to defuse the 4-year tension/argument between the South and North), but landed him a place in Profiles of Courage. Like Quincy Adams, before, Webster stood up for what he thought was right, principle. He was brave enough...
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Kennedy, John F. Profiles in Courage. New York: Harper & Row, 1964. Print.
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