Profiles in Courage Author:John F. Kennedy In 1954-1955, Senator Kennedy's active role in the affairs of the nation was interrupted for the better part of a year by his convalescence from an operation to correct a disability incurred as a skipper of a World War II torpedo boat. The Senator used his "idle" hours to great advantage; he rediscovered, and did intensive research into, the cou... more »rage and patriotism of a handful of Americans who are crucial moments in history had revealed a special sort of greatness: men who disregarded dreadful consequences to their public and private lives to do that one thing which seemed right in itself. These men ranged from the extraordinarily colorful to the near-drab; from the born aristocrats to the self-made. They were men of various political and regional allegiances - their one overriding loyalty was to the United States and to the right as God gave them to see it.
There was John Quincy Adams, who lost his Senate seat and was repudiated in Boston for his support of his father's enemy Thomas Jefferson; Sam Houston, who performed political acts of courage as dramatic as heroism on the field of battle; Thomas Hart Benton, whose proud and sarcastic tongue fought against the overwhelming odds that insured his political death; and Edmund Ross who "looked down into his open grave" as he saved President Johnson from impeachment; and Norris of Nebraska; and Taft of Ohio; and Lamar of Mississippi (who did as much as any one man to heal the wounds of civil war)...« less