Notorious Benedict Arnold,
name shall be carved in stone alongside the great traitors: Lucifer,
Judas, and Arnold."
The words "Benedict Arnold" have become synonymous with "traitor and villain." What caused this American patriot who could well have been one of the Founding Fathers to become a turncoat?
As a child, the sixth in his family with the name, Benedict Arnold, he became known as a bright student, an athlete, a prankster, a show-off, and a daredevil who would take chances just for the trill of it. As the son of the town drunk, he was determined to make more of himself.
As a young man, Benedict Arnold succeeded in making his fortune in the shipping trade. He married well and had three beautiful children. But when the British slapped high tarrifs on goods, things began to change for him.
Arnold was respected by George Washington, became a General in the American army, one of America's first action heroes, a genius in strategy and leadership, but it was hot temper, ego, and insatiable thirst for recognition that eventually became his undoing.
The Notorious Benedict Arnold puts a face on the American Revolution, showing that not everything is black and white, and that the choices that were made were crucial to history.
You may see yourself in Benedict Arnold, and hopefully you will be inspired to weigh your own actions and judge which choices you can make to create a better place for you in history.
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