Famous American Political Activists

Imagine what would life be had it not been for the activists and revolutionaries? Would living today be as same? Would we be free-thinking individuals? Would women have the same status in society that she enjoys today? Would we enjoy democratic rights? Would we have the right to express? Would we have the right of choosing our political representative? Every bit of those and many more are credits of the works of activists who gave their life for the welfare of the society. They were actually progressive individuals who fought against the rules set by the governing bodies to make the society a better place to live in. Their line of thought mostly goes contradictory to the then current system of belief and it is on this challenging path that they tread on, to define new rules and change the current system. Though America today maybe a superpower and one amongst the most powerful nations of the world, it wasn’t the same all through. In fact, the country dealt with its own challenges and difficulties. The political system of the country underwent numerous changes and much of it was brought about by political activists, some of the prominent ones include James Baldwin, Fred Hampton, Angela Davies, Ralph Nader, Sherman Austin and so on. Read through this section and find in details about the life and works of America political activists.

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 1 Harriet Tubman

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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: February 29, 1822
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: March 10, 1913

Born to parents who were bonded slaves, Harriet Tubman life was a difficult one from the very beginning. Yet with her remarkable courage and determination, she not only escaped slavery herself, but also led other enslaved people to freedom. The prominent political activist and abolitionist was also the first woman to lead an armed expedition during the American Civil War.

 2 Fran Drescher

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Fran Drescher is an American actress and comedian. Characterized by her thick New York accent and nasal voice, Fran Drescher serves as an inspiration to many cancer patients as she successfully fought off the disease after suffering from uterine cancer. She is also an outspoken LGBT rights activist and healthcare advocate.

 3 Bradley Whitford

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 4 Alfre Woodard

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 8, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Alfre Woodard is an American actress. Considered one of the most accomplished and versatile actresses of her generation, Woodard was named in The New York Times' The 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century list in 2020. Also a political activist, Woodard is credited with founding Artists for a New South Africa, which aims at advancing equality in South Africa.

 5 Phyllis Schlafly

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Famous As: Radio personality, Lawyer, Political activist, Journalist
Birthdate: August 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: September 5, 2016

 6 Rick Harrison

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: March 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Rick Harrison, co-owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, shot to fame with the History Channel show Pawn Stars. His memoir, License to Pawn, became a New York Times bestseller. Named the National Pawnbrokers Association’s 2010 Pawnbroker of the Year, he also appeared on the game show Pawnography

 7 Ralph Nader

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Famous As: Political Activist, Attorney
Birthdate: February 27, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Ralph Nader’s book Unsafe at Any Speed was his critique of the safety measures of U.S. automobile manufacturers. His activism has led to the passage of acts such as the Consumer Product Safety Act. One of Time’s 100 Most Influential Americans, he inspired the documentary An Unreasonable Man
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 8 Omarosa Manigault

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Famous As: Writers
Birthdate: February 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 9 Rosario Dawson

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

A popular actress, producer, and activist, Rosario Dawson is known as much for her involvement in politics and philanthropy as for her work in films and television. A strong supporter of various charitable organizations, such as One Campaign and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Rosario came out as member of the LGBT community in 2020.

 10 Prescott Bush

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 15, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: October 8, 1972

 11 Melissa Mathison

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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 3, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: November 4, 2015

Melissa Mathison was a screenwriter and an activist for the Tibetan independence movement. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, for a while but quit before graduating. She was acquainted with Francis Ford Coppola who encouraged her to pursue a screenwriting career. She was once married to actor, Harrison Ford, and had two children.

 12 Dennis Weaver

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 24, 2006
Dennis Weaver is best known as Chester Goode/Proudfoot from Gunsmoke and as Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud from McCloud. He initially ran track and field, but his failure to qualify for the U.S. Olympic decathlon team made him join films. He had also been the president of the Screen Actors Guild.

 13 Laura Loomer

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Famous As: Political Activist
Birthdate: May 21, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 14 Emma Goldman

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 27, 1869
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 14, 1940

Emma Goldman was a writer and anarchist political activist. She played an important role in popularizing the anarchist political philosophy in Europe and North America in the early and mid-20th century. Her lectures and writing spanned a wide variety of subjects, such as atheism, militarism, freedom of speech, homosexuality, capitalism, and free love.

 15 Dick Durbin

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 16 Kennedy Montgomery

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Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: September 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Political commentator and host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, began her career as MTV VJ “Kennedy” on the alternative rock shows 120 Minutes and Alternative Nation. She has authored two books and has also hosted Fox network shows such as Kennedy and Outnumbered. She has also been a panelist on The Five.

 17 Marvin Bush

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: October 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 18 Terry McAuliffe

Terry McAuliffe
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 19 Jack Kemp

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 13, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 2, 2009

 20 Jim Webb

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 21 Will Geer

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 9, 1902
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: April 22, 1978
Actor and social activist Will Geer actively participated in the labor movements of the the 1930s and 1940s in New York and Southern California. He traveled across the U.S. with singer Woody Guthrie, during the Great Depression. Hollywood blacklisted him as a result of his leftist activities.

 22 Theodore Roosevelt Jr.

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Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: September 13, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: July 12, 1944

 23 Steve Schmidt

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 24 Anita Bryant

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 25, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 25 Gennifer Flowers

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 26 Katrina Pierson

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Famous As: Political Activists
Birthdate: July 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 27 Jane Addams

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Birthdate: September 6, 1860
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: May 21, 1935

 28 Katie Pavlich

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Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: July 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Katie Pavlich is an American author, podcaster, blogger, and conservative commentator. A Fox News contributor, Pavlich has been an alternate co-host for shows like The Five and has appeared on local and national radio shows on channels, such as CNN, CNBC, and Fox News. In 2014, she was named Woman of the Year by the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.

 29 Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: July 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 30 Doug Stanhope

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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: March 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 31 Brooke Smith

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Brooke Smith is an American actress known for playing important roles in popular TV series like Grey's Anatomy and Bates Motel. An actress who is vocal about matters such as politics, Brooke Smith spoke at an Open the Debates rally in 2008, opposing the Commission on Presidential Debates' decision to exclude third party candidates' presidential debates from being aired nationally.

 32 Ed Markey

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 11, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 33 Robert Ryan

Robert Ryan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 11, 1909
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: July 11, 1973

 34 Ron Cyrus

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 10, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 28, 2006

 35 Alexandra Paul

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 36 Lyndon LaRouche

Lyndon LaRouche
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Famous As: Political Activist
Birthdate: September 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: February 12, 2019

 37 Lincoln Chafee

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Famous As: Former United States Senator
Birthdate: March 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 38 Matt Drudge

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Famous As: Political commentator
Birthdate: October 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 39 Dennis Kucinich

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 40 Jesse Helms

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 18, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: July 4, 2008

 41 Bob Beckel

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Famous As: Political analyst
Birthdate: November 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 42 Ron Silver

Ron Silver
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: March 15, 2009

 43 Dashiell Hammett

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 27, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: January 10, 1961

 44 Roger McGuinn

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 45 Zitkala-Sa

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 22, 1876
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: January 26, 1938

 46 Michelle Lujan Grisham

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 47 Dana Rohrabacher

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 48 Opal Tometi

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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: August 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 49 Christopher Lawford

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: September 4, 2018

 50 Jon Kyl

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American