Heroes - Millennials

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Heroes of the Millennial Man

Barrack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Susan B Anthony, Elizabeth Candy Stanton, and Martin Luther King Jr. are some people American millennials men consider heroic. Continue below for a deep dive into our findings and research strategy.

Heroes/Heroine for American Millennial: Reasons

  • According to the book titled "Where Have All the Heroes Gone?" the Changing Nature of American Valor by Bruce Garen Peabody and Krista Jenkins they were able to identify a list of people American Millennials consider heroic and the list had the likes of Barrack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Susan B Anthony, Elizabeth Candy Stanton, and Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Elizabeth Candy Stanton, and Martin Luther King Jr. are some top American Heroes.
  • Barack Obama, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington are some famous American people.

Biography of American Heroes

  • George Washington lived from 1732 to 1799. In 1789, Washington became the first president of the United States. He was labeled the father of America — father of his country during his lifetime; many observers praised his horsemanship and great physical strength, George Washington privately opposed slavery during his time.
  • Abraham Lincoln lived between 1809-1865 and he was the 16th president of the United States, serving from 1861 until his assassination in 1865. Lincoln has a history of coming from a poor family and being self-educated. During his time as president, he led the United States through the American Civil war, helped preserve the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the national government and modernized the economy.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. lived between 1929-1968; he was an American clergyman, activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights in a non-violent manner and his speech ‘I Had a Dream.’ MLK has since become a national icon in the history of American progressivism. His assassination in 1968 led to a wave of race riots across America.
  • Barack Obama born in 1961 was the and 44th President of the U.S. He is the first African-American to hold the office, he became president in 2009 and 9 months later he was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. So far, he has become the first U.S. president to publicly support same-sex marriage, ended U.S. military involvement in the Iraq war, increased troop levels in Afghanistan, signed the New START arms control treaty with Russia, ordered U.S. military involvement in Libya, and ordered the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.

Biography of American Heroines

  • Susan B. Anthony, in full Susan Brownell Anthony, was born February 15, 1820, Adams, Massachusetts, U.S. and died March 13, 1906, Rochester, New York — she was an American activist who was a pioneer crusader for the woman suffrage movement in the United States and president between 1892 and 1900 of the National Woman Suffrage Association. Her work helped pave the way for the Nineteenth Amendment (1920) to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote.
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born on November 12, 1815, in Johnstown, New York, during her lifetime she was an abolitionist and leading figure of the early woman's movement. As an eloquent writer, her declaration of sentiments was a revolutionary call for women's rights across a variety of spectrums. She was the president of the National Woman Suffrage Association for 20 years and worked closely with Susan B. Anthony.


To locate a list of 5-7 people that American millennial men consider being a hero/heroine, we began to be combing through the survey conducted by academia and experts in the industry. We went further to leverage information found on Pr Newswire and Harris poll. Both PR Newswire and the Harris poll had the percentage of the religious, political, military, among others that millennials consider as their heroes.

Our research team change gear by scouring through publications online/resources or biographies for information regarding whom millennial consider hero/heroine. We utilized Gap reports. While we were able to unearth a list of famous people in the U.S, this list had no specific criteria to American millennial men. Hence, this strategy was not successful.

Next, we broadened the scope of the research to consider American heroes in general that millennial men consider to be their hero/heroine. We utilized the Gallery of American Heroes. This strategy was not fruitful as we were unable to locate this information. We switchgear, by sourcing for paid materials, that one can have access too by viewing only.

We proceed further in our research by looking for paid publications that can give us access to see the content and know if we could find people that American millennial men look up to or consider to be their hero/heroine. While we find a report of people that American millennials consider heroes by votes; this was not a top list but we selected the people that had the highest votes by American millennials from the survey. Our research team included a screenshot of the relevant information in a Google document.

We attempted to triangulate the requested information by looking at the various statistics and data point available in the public domain. We tried to see if there could be any implied or calculated percentage of millennial men that can be extracted to speak on the subject matter that American millennial men look up to or consider to be their hero/heroine but we could not see any logical means to calculate an answer.