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In Barbara Jordan American Hero Mary Beth Rogers defines a hero as someone who breaks through Barbara Jordan broke through many barriers in her life She was the first African-American to be elected to the Texas state senate following the reconstruction years She broke through the discriminations of a man-dominated profession and she broke through her own pain and suffering Barbara wasnt a martyr the only titles she would accept for herself were patriot politician and teacher The Oxford dictionary defines a patriot as a person who is devoted to and ready to support or defend his or her country Barbara Jordan was one of the best and most committed patriot this country has ever known She accepted the Constitution as a living document something that was always evolving and changing She fought for the injustices of her time without getting caught up with the injustices of the past In her speech to the American people during Watergate she said that at the birth of the constitution she wasnt included however she acknowledged that she had been included through amendments and the courts interpretations of the constitution She was the best defender of the Constitution and our government during the Whitewater scandal Rogers made it seem like it was Barbaras speech that encouraged people to continue to believe in our system Barbara Jordan was extremely skilled in politics She wouldnt let the men in politics intimidate or scare her away She was a force to be reckoned with She knew the importance of making a strong first impression She could make deals to get what she wanted without compromising her integrity or agenda Todays politicians could benefit from studying her style of politics I am impressed by the way she fought for civil rights She didnt focus all her attention on her own race She also tried to make life better for Hispanics and women She tried not to accept no for an answer rather
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