From the Diary of Elvis Presley

From the Diary of Elvis Presley
10/3/1945
Dear Journal,
Today I discovered my passion for performing. I finally sang in public for the first time. I stood on a chair and I sang “old shep”… My favorite, I know every word. I was singing at a youth contest, I placed 3rd  and won $5 worth of fair ride tickets. It was the best night of my life, I remember hearing the clapping and cheering, I think I could get used to that sound.  My cheeks hurt from smiling, My birthday is in a few months and I asked my Mama for a bike, I think I want a guitar now. I’ve always loved music and gospel, but I’d never guess  that I would sing in front of a crowd and actually win something.  I’m definitely going to perform every chance I get. Who knows, maybe I’ll be in Nashville, Tennessee by the time I’m 18 years old.
Written by: D. McIntosh
Disclaimer: This journal entry is a work of fiction based on a true event. It was written by an adult education student who researched the life of this American hero and put themselves in their shoes in order to help bring history to life.
Image Credit: This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1963 and although there may or may not have been a copyright notice, the copyright was not renewed.

 

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From the Diary of Jackie Robinson

From the Diary of Jackie Robinson

April 15, 1947

So today was one of the biggest days of my life. I woke up this morning fully energized. I had turned the television on and everyone was talking about me. The day the first African American plays for Major League Baseball. I’ve waited for this day for a pretty long time and to be honest I was really nervous, but I would not tell anyone or let it show. I’m one of those guys who has to always be strong and stand for what I believe in. I refuse to show anyone any weakness. I heard people talking about me on the t.v. saying that I’ll play sit out most of the time and saying that I’m going to see allot of flying cleats. Already the judgment is starting, but for that reason I had to stay level headed and not let any of what they say or think affect me. I know who I am and what I am capable of, I’m going to always play hard and give my best no matter what people say or think of me. I will prove myself to everyone. After breakfast I went to the stadium to get ready to play my very first game for the majors, it is opening day today. I put on my that Brooklyn Dodgers jersey with the number 42 on it, and felt so amazing to put on my own Major League Baseball jersey for the first time, it felt unreal to be standing in that locker room in uniform. I went to the field to warm up for my first game and I took a look around the stadium and realized for the first time in a long time I’m right where I belong and I’m here for a reason. Not only did I break the color barrier for baseball, but for all sports. That feeling of knowing that I’ve changed sports around the world really makes me feel like there is no limit to the things I can do. Even though a lot people hated me and dislike the fact that there is an African American in the major leagues, I will never get on that baseball field and give any less then my very best. I have so much to prove and this is only the beginning. I know I’m not a hero, but I do know that I was a hero to a lot of people today.

 

Written by C. Lopez
Disclaimer: This journal entry is a work of fiction based on a true event. It was written by an adult education student who researched the life of this American hero and put themselves in their shoes in order to help bring history to life.
Sources: Wikipedia.com
Image Credit: CC0- Public Domain. Photo by Bob Sandberg, Look photographer Restoration by Adam Cuerden – This image is available from the United States Library of Congress‘s Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID ppmsc.00048.

From the Diary of Lucy Stone

From the Diary of Lucy Stone

April 30th, 1856

Tomorrow Henry, and I will have been married for a year. I have decided to change my last name back to my given last name, instead of keeping Henry’s. Should I have to lose my identity as a human being of this earth because I chose to get married? I do not believe so. Henry and I signed a document on our wedding day that explained a husband should not have authority over his wife simply because he is a man. I am not changing my last name just for myself. This is also for those women who are treated like property, yet are not allowed to own property. Women have long been looked at as something, not
someone. When I spoke at the National Women’s Right’s Convention in 1852, and I looked out over the crowd of hundreds of women there to contest for our rights it was a proud moment for me. I hope that one day I will be able to see the fruits of these movements my fellow suffragists are pushing for. Until then, I will not stop fighting for our rights as women. Not until I can stand next to my husband as an equal citizen of this country.

Written by: M. Lamos
Disclaimer: This journal entry is a work of fiction based on a true event. It was written by an adult education student who researched the life of this American hero and put themselves in their shoes in order to help bring history to life.
Image Credit: This image is in the public domain. This image is available from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3b24167.
Sources: Browsebiography.com, Womenshistory.org, ThoughtCo.com, Biography.com, Nps.gov

From the Diary of Alexander Hamilton

From the Diary of Alexander Hamilton

An American Journal Writing Contest: Entry 4

The date is 1787, and I, in an expeditious united effort with John Jay and James Madison, had conducted what must be known as a backing for the new plan of government. The document will be marked under the pseudonym “Publius”, a faux name. As I am writing this journal entry, this series of documents will go by the alias of, “The Federalist Papers”. These essays were written in a sanguine attempt at convincing the people of New York to endorse the new United States Constitution. In these said papers, I have, without remorse, written my strong beliefs on how this nation should be perceived. I have a very firm belief that in order to be prosperous in this nation, we will require a more active central government. Therefore, I had written so in these various amounts of essays. Without a strong central government the colonies, in turn, will begin to clash. In other words, they will eventually compete amongst themselves. As I quote in the documents, “the strong vigor of a government is essential to the security of liberty.” I do believe that these papers have an informational amount of supported evidence, and will be of good effect on this nation.

Written by: M. Sprague

Disclaimer: This journal entry is a work of fiction based on a true event. It was written by an adult education student who researched the life of this American hero and put themselves in their shoes in order to help bring history to life.
Photo Credit: Ezra Ames [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Sources: https://www.loc.gov/collections/alexander-hamilton-papers/articles-and-essays/timeline
http://www.sparknotes.com/history/american/federalist/summary
https://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/federalist.html
https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/707252-the-federalist 

From the Diary of Neil Armstrong

From the Diary of Neil Armstrong

An American Journal Writing Contest Entry 3

entry 01, March 16, 1966

Today, I was asked to be the commanding pilot of Gemini 8; I was tasked to make the first ever docking of two space crafts. It should be easy considering how, I was a project pilot for many fast high speed aircrafts. The docking process was a success, I can hear every one cheering for the successful attempt.

 entry 02 July 16, 1969

At 6:32 AM was the launch of Apollo 11, I was once again at the helm of the ship along with my fellow peers, I was told it was going to be four days until we land on the surface of the moon.

 entry 3 July 20,1969

The long wait is finally over my crew and I  can easily see the moon I got to say it’s amazing. You can easily see earth up hear it’s very calm and peace full in space, I can hear Houston control giving every one there instruction’s on what to do next. Me and Buzz Aldrin both positioned our self’s in the landing craft  Buzz takes control of the half of the spaceship and, I the other half. As for Michael Collins he continued to maintain the ship CMS Colombia in orbit while we land on the surface with the eagle lunar lander.  When we landed the world watched and the moment, I set out on the moon my first few words where one small step for man one large step for man kind.

Written by: J Montgomery
Photo Credit: by Mmmooo, CC BY-SA 3.0; File:23 A11neilmesa.jpg; Created: 10 August 2005
Disclaimer: This journal entry is a work of fiction based on a true event. It was written by an adult education student who researched the life of this American hero and put themselves in their shoes in order to help bring history to life.
Resources: Wikipedia.com, NASA.gove, history.com, biography.com

A Letter From Roger Williams

A Letter From Roger Williams

An American Journal Writing Contest: Entry 2

February 2nd 1636,

Colonists,

I have been told to start negotiating with the Native Americans for their land for you
I have had much difficulty doing so as I believe the Indians have rights to the land they live on,
they believe that it is their home and they have rights and own their land.
I suggest that the only course of action would be to attempt to buy the land straight from them in order to obtain legal rights to the land.
In return we should give them something of equal value.
I understand that we thought this land was given to us and
It might be difficult to comprehend, but I have been trading with the Indians for some time and this is what they believe:
That they have the only right to their land.
I hope you will come to a conclusion and understand that this is what we will have to do in order to get land for ourselves, I would be grateful to talk to the Indians for you since I have a bright understanding of their language.

Roger Williams

Written by D. Lewis
Disclaimer: This journal entry is a work of fiction based on a true event. It was written by an adult education student who researched the life of this American hero and put themselves in their shoes in order to help bring history to life.
Photo Credit: By From a painting by C.R. Grant [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Sources: http://www.Twelvetribes.org/articles/roger-williams
http://www.rogerwilliams.org/biography.htm

From the Diary of Susan B. Anthony

From the Diary of Susan B. Anthony

An American Journal Writing Contest: Entry 1

November 5th, 1872

I am appalled! I was arrested today, and charged a $100 fine. My crime? I simply wanted to vote for America’s next president. We of the women’s movements have been making monumental strides, but it’s just not enough. Women are still being oppressed. We are still being told to keep silent. That our voices don’t matter. Now, more than ever, we need to prove them wrong. We need to raise our voices and be heard. We need to have more professions that are welcoming to women. We need to make them understand that we are human beings, with human rights. It’s not getting through to them. All I wanted, was to have a say in who runs my country. I am not the only one who wants her voice heard. No longer will we be submissive to men. No longer will we be second-tier American citizens, simply because we are women. This is the time to raise our voices and demand respect! We will succeed. We will prevail.

 

Written by: B. Sincleair
Disclaimer: This journal entry is a work of fiction based on a true event. It was written by an adult education student who researched the life of this American hero and put themselves in their shoes in order to help bring history to life.
Image Credit: By G.E. Perine (History of Woman Suffrage) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons