Will Rogers Essay

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Will Rogers

Not many people remember Will Rogers, but in the 1930's he was the most well known man in America -- more popular than Shirley Temple. He was a simple cowpoke who entertained people with his rope tricks and sly political observations. He also wrote a widely-read newspaper column and appeared on the raido every week. I supose he is alot like Bill Cosby is today: beloved for his down-to-earth style of humor. But that "aww, shucks" attitude hid a brilliant mind. Furthermore, Will Rogers was more than just a comedian; he was a man of character. Throughout his life, he exhibited the qualities of humility, fairness, generosity, and loyalty witch make him a real American hero.

Will was born in Oklahoma and proud of it.
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During the Depression, many people were worried about what was going on in Washington. When Will pointed out some politican who said one thing and did another, or criticized some program in Washington he didn't approve of, he'd disquise his criticism behind a joke so as not to offend. But Will would also get straight to the heart of the matter, letting the American people know that he thought just as they did.

As you can see, Will understood people. In fact,he used to say, "I never met a man I didn't like." How many of us can say that? He'd go on to explain the Indian belief that "you have to go around and stand behind someone to get a look at what he's lookin' at." Only then do you see things from his perspective. This fairness is remarkable, especially at a time in America when racism was everywhere. Will's Indian heritage helped him to look at people as people, to see beyond color or status in the world. He treated the political elite and the unemployed with the same respect and good humor. In fact, he often made fun of himself, which allowed everyone to relax and see the good sense behind much of what he said about the rest of society.

This generous attitude translated into many other areas of his life. During the Depression, Will was very sympathetic to those who had lost everything-their savings, their jobs, and their sense of security. He himself had lost his entire fortune when

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