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Will Rogers Not many people remember Will Rogers but in the 1930s 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 The son of a rancher he was a one quarter Cherokee and never missed an opportunity to brag about his Native American heritage My ancestors didnt come on the Mayflower he used to joke but they met the boat Will stayed true to his Cherokee roots he went to an Indian school and had many Indian friends Later he became active in Native-American issues and was a major spokesman for Native-American rights in the US Above allthough Will was a regular guy His shy grin easy manner and total absence of sham endeared to Americans of all backgrounds He had no pretensions and his pleasures were simple he liked to ride horses rope cattle and read the papers In fact he often said I only know what I read in the papers In this way he tried to show that he wasnt a Washington insider he got his information out of the newspapers just like regular folk 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 didnt
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