Influential Figures of Social Studies

Prominent names have gone past through history and have left an important mark in the society. Each of these individual are memorable for their sensational achievements that are recognized by society and remain to thrive through time.

Paul Revere

Revere’s straightforward gaze

He is best remembered for his infamous midnight ride in 1775 when he warned the colonial militia to the coming of the British forces to Lexington, Massachusetts. Revere’s historic night was embellished in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Paul Revere’s Ride.” But he wasn’t only recognized for his famed revolutionary warning, he was also an established, eminent Boston silversmith who took part in public affairs and helped in arranging an intelligence and alarm system that would help alert the people on the British military. Named today as a folk hero, the American patriot is considered as a symbol of the American Revolution.

Max Weber

A serious look from afar

A German sociologist whose ideas immensely influenced social research and social theory, Weber is best noted for his Protestant ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism and for his notions on bureaucracy. Together with Karl Marx and  Émile Durkheim, Weber is often quoted as one of the founders of Sociology. His writings made profound contribution to the foundation of Modern Sociology as well as in economic history, theory and methodology. In addition to his achievements, he was also among the liberal German Democratic Party’s influential leaders. His mastery runs from the fields of economics, politics, religion and sociology.

Benjamin Franklin

The noble face of Franklin

A distinguished diplomat, scientist, statesman, inventor, polymath, author, freemason and more – Benjamin Franklin’s influence has got much to add on the list. He ventured on many fields and took great achievements in both his political and his scientific endeavors. Labelled as one of America’s most prominent Founding Fathers who helped draft the Declaration of Independence, he gained the title of “The First American” and was an exemplary foundation of the American nation. As a leading figure in the American Enlightenment and in physics, his inventions ranged from bifocals, lightning rod, Franklin Stove; and organized numerous civic organizations.

Patrick Henry

Calm yet a person with conviction

“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” – Henry’s eloquent stance to the Virginia Assembly in 1775 still strongly resonates up to this date. Patrick Henry, born on May 29, 1736, was one of the revolutionary generation’s renowned figures who were well known for leading the opposition the Stamp Act 1765. He was a Founding Father who was also celebrated as one of the most eminent promoters and champion of republicanism and the independence of the American Revolution. A renowned orator, statesman, attorney, planter and a leader of Virginia’s Anti-Federalists, Patrick Henry has been celebrated as the “voice” or “trumpet” of the American Revolution.

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

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A Silently Powerful Strength

Harriet Tubman was known as the most notable “conductor” who led in the escape of seventy enslaved people during the tumultuous 1850s.  Along the passage of Underground Railroad, she courageously risked her life helping people escape to freedom with only two things at her side: a pistol for self-defense and a strong faith in God. Tubman was born a slave and suffered a lot from the hands of slave owners which led her to flee and begin a brave mission to rescue others. “Mah people mus’ go free,” as Tubman goes to say, she is an embodiment of bravery and resilience who was among history’s leading abolitionist who was likewise an armed scout, spy and humanitarian.

Auguste Comte

Auguste Comte


The epitome of positivity and praxeology

Auguste Comte’s greatest contributions include the doctrine of positivism and the discipline of praxeology that profoundly made advancement in the realm of social science. He was a French philosopher who is deemed as the first philosopher of science and was regarded to have given coinage to the word “altruisme” or altruistic. His other works are the law of three stages, encyclopedic law, and social positivism. Comte’s ideas focused on the field of sociology, which he divided into two categories: social statics & social dynamics. Moreover, he also developed the “Religion of Humanity, and proposed a positivist calendar. His scientific methods are greatly applied in Sociology.

Karl Marx

Karl Marx

The renowned revolutionary sociologist

Karl Marx is a German revolutionary sociologist and philosopher whose work vastly influenced the realms of political, economic and intellectual history. His legacy runs through his most well-known writings of Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto. These works substantially shaped the basis of Marxism, which originates in collaboration with Friedrich Engels. Throughout human history, his name marks among the world’s most influential figures and without question, the greatest socialist thinker of the 19th century. His influence travelled across many intellectuals, political groups and labor unions up to this date. Marx has been quoted among the chief engineers of modern social science.

Jane Addams

The face of advocacy

Widely acknowledged as the mother of social work, Jane Addams co-founded together with Ellen Gates Star, the first settlement house in the United States, which is known as the Hull House in Chicago. She led valiantly in women’s suffrage and helped address issues concerning mothers and children with a resolute belief that women’s voices should be heard more in legislation. She is known to be an advocate of world peace, promoting wellness and focus on local public health. Addams earned the first American woman award of the Nobel Peace Prize and was recognized as one of the most illustrious reformers of the Progressive era.

William Du Bois

The modern activist

Considered as 20th century’s most significant African-American activist, Du Bois is the chief figure of the Niagara movement, a drive towards equality for black, composing of African-American activists. More than that, he was a historian, sociologist, and writer and more who strongly took protest against racism, lynching and discrimination of people in color particularly in education and employment. Du bois was the first African-American to earn a doctorate from the Harvard University and later co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He spoke firmly about equal rights for every human being and believed that the main factor of racism is capitalism.

Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud

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A sharp, intriguing look

Celebrated as “The Father of Psychoanalysis,”Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist who developed therapeutical methods and theories, which now are prevalently used in academic concepts. His lasting legacy strongly thrives today as he was seen as a major influential thinker of the early 20th period. Freud’ theories involved the Oedipus complex, psychic energy and the importance and interpretation of dreams.