by Micah White, Kangnampoy School

Introduction

 

"Lead, follow, or get out of the way!" 

- Thomas Paine, author and political activist

 
In Esther Forbes' award-winning book, Johnny Tremain, you have read about fictional and non-fictional characters who became involved in the violent events that thrust the American colonies into war with England.  The characters you met had to question themselves about their political beliefs and the depth of those beliefs.  They had to "lead, follow, or get out of the way."  In this webquest you will be working as an analyst of history for the Johnny Tremain Museum.  The museum curator has decided to commission world-famous oil painter, Ms. Scarlet A. Crylic, to create a portrait of the most important hero who was portrayed in the book, Johnny Tremain.   The curator needs you to help him decide which non-fictional American leader mentioned in the book would have left the biggest gap in history had he chosen to "get out of the way" instead of becoming an active leader or follower.