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Many people believe in the quote “It is better to die for what you believe in rather than to lie to save your life”. In my opinion it is a very true statement. There have been so many people before us that have stood up for what they believe in, not caring what the consequences were because they truly believed in the fact of the matter. Lying instead of dying seems like a good thing, until afterwards. If you would lie and pretend that you do not believe in something, just think of the impact that it could have on the future; the impact that it could have on you personally because you lied about everything that you believed in.
Let’s think back on the people who have made differences in the world, for example, Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks was an African American civil-rights activist. She is known as "the first lady of civil rights", and "the mother of the freedom movement" by Congress. Rosa Parks is best known for the time when she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery Bus. During that period in time segregation was a big thing going on, on the bus there were two different sections, one for white people and one for African American people. One day when Mrs. Parks was on the bus, the white’s section got filled but some were left without a seat. The bus driver then proceeded to tell Rosa Parks and the other three people that they had to move back, the other three did move back, but Rosa refused. She was then arrested. In her autobiography she says that people thought that she was simply just too tired to move, but she said that she wasn’t any more tired than she was any other day, not physically tired at least. She says she just simply got tired of giving in. She didn’t give up in what she believed in and helped end segregation even though she surely knew what the possible consequences could be.
Another memorable woman is Harriet Tubman. She is best known for her work with the Underground Railroad. At a young age, she escaped from slavery and went to Philadelphia. She then returned back to Maryland to rescue her family member. It is said that she had gone on thirteen different missions to save more than 70 slaves. She would work at night, rescuing dozens of slaves and leading them to safety through the safe houses, she “never lost a passenger”. When the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was created, she began to lead the escaped slaves farther north, towards Canada where slavery was prohibited. She knew that if she was caught she could possibly be killed. Harriet Tubman also helped the Union Army during war and helped with Women’s Suffrage.
There were many spies in the war, both white and African Americans. They each risked their lives every day, going on the enemy’s land. Some simply talked to the enemy to try and gather information, some were more secretive. They all knew that they could be thrown in jail, or even killed if they were caught conveying information. Some spies even fled the country and hid in order to stay safe. Many others that were caught were jailed.
Many people in American History have stood up for what they believe in regardless of the consequences. Even if those consequences were death. They didn’t want to lie to save their lives because they believed in their beliefs so strongly they didn’t want to give up. They all wanted to put up a fight and try to change things. They had the courage, the strength, and the determination to follow through with their plans to reach their goals.

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