biography research topics

1. A Short Biography of Sun Yat-Sen.

Desc: 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

2. A Better People.

Desc: This paper is about Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin Franklin achieved many things throughout his lifetime. He was a printer, moralist, essayist, civic leader, scientist, inventor, diplomat, and philosopher. During the American Revolution, he was the most famous American. He persuaded the British to repeal the Stamp Act, he convinced the French to side with the Americans, and he also helped to write the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution. Franklin was not absorbed in utilitarianism; he enjoyed truth and integrity, "a naive luster," independently and successfully. This is all he wanted for the people, as well. He wanted them to hold close the belief in possibility in change, in both themselves and in their society.

3. A Biographical History of Major Wiegth in the First Crusade.

Desc: This study will tell how Major Wiegth, traveled to the Holy Land, to fight for my liege, The Pope, and how this experience determined my valor in the this strange land. The finances in funding my journey will be discussed, as well the nature of battle in the First Crusade. Other aspects of his journey will include the terrain of the Holy Land, and how this culture influenced me in my travels to reclaim Jerusalem. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

4. A Biographical Sketch of Julius Caesar and Tiberius.

Desc: This paper analyzes two of the best-known Emperor's during the Roman Empire. Their accomplishments, and the ruling styles or approaches will be looked at. 8 pgs. 18 f/c. 5b.

5. A Biography of Theodore Roosevelt.

Desc: This paper looks at the life of Theodore Roosevelt as the man who set a precedent for the use of government power and molded the Presidency in this context. 5 pgs. 5 f/c. 5b.

6. A Biography on Charles Finney.

Desc: This paper looks at Charles Finney's life and how he and his teachings influenced others. 13.5 pgs. 16 f/c. 12b.

7. A Brief Biography of Medgar Evers.

Desc: This paper will discuss the biography of Medgar Evers, and how he lived a life fighting segregation in Mississippi. He was a part of the Civil rights Movement, but was mostly isolated in Mississippi during much of this period. Perhaps we can learn about this great hero of the Movement, and how he helped give a better name to blacks everywhere. 3 pgs, bibliography lists 2 sources.

8. A Historical Analysis of John Singleton Mosby.

Desc: This paper will discuss the life of John Singleton Mosby, and will focus on his leadership during the Civil War in the South. By understanding the military career, as well as other personal attributes, we can see how he functioned at this level in his life.

9. A History of King Hammurabi.

Desc: This paper will cover the life of King Hammurabi and the notions he espoused in his philosophy. By understanding the nature of the great kings life, we can see how the ways of the world were at this time in history, and how he lived why the policies that he created. The study at hand will reveal how he lived, as well as the way that he lived in history. By understanding the warlike position of the great king, the revelations of the Laws that he left behind, and the nature of his reign, we can see how this King will be remembered for all time. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

10. A Question of Morality: The Life, Thought, and Influence of Niccolo Machiavelli.

Desc: This essay will examine Machiavelli's career and work with respect to the intellectual and political climate in which he lived. An examination of the central issues of his two major works - the means to power in The Prince, and how the end justifies the means in The Discourses - will demonstrate how necessary it is to contextualize Machiavelli's work with respect to the dominant ideas of his day. It will be argued that, when situated in his own era, the political views which appear brutally cynical even to those living in the late twentieth century become understandable and, in their own way, morally admirable. 12 pgs. 17 f/c. 3b.

11. A Review of The First American, by H.W. Brands.

Desc: This undergraduate level paper examines the book of the title's depiction of Benjamin Franklin. It observes that the book attempts to encompass the entirety of Franklin's life and, in so doing, must focus on one particular over-arching theme - that of Franklin's personal passions that led him to do everything he did. The author does fail to adequately cite/source his information and thus makes the book read more like a dry historical novel than a biographical text. But, it does achieve its goal - to present Benjamin Franklin's character as one of intense energies, creativity, and passions that, among other things, helped create America.

12. A Woman Ahead of Her Time: Emma Lazarus as Feminist and Jewish Advocate.

Desc: In this paper, I examine the life of Emma Lazarus, with an eye to her role as a woman writer and her defense of the Jewish faith. I begin by studying her early years and her wealthy upbringing. I then discuss her early career and her association with American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson. After analyzing two of her poems, "Echoes," and "Sympathy," for their thematic content regarding the status of women in society and art. I then talk about her friendship with Heinrich Heine and how it reminded her of her own inner torment over how to handle her Jewish heritage as opposed to her status as a wealthy, assimilated American. After analyzing "In the Jewish Synagogue at Newport" in light of its portrayal of traditional Jewish imagery, I then discuss how the pogroms of the 1880s and the resulting exodus of Russian Jews to New York forced Lazarus to consider more carefully her heritage and become more politically active, first in her writing and then as a social activist in volunteer. I finish by analyzing the famous poem, "The New Colossus". 14 pgs. bibliography lists 5 sources.


Desc: This 3 page paper is based on the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin which analyzes the relationships with, and/ or attitudes toward who were in regular contacts with him. It uses 1 primary source in MLA format. 3 pgs. bibliography lists 1 source.

14. Ada Augusta Byron.

Desc: This is a 12-page paper in Turabian Format that describes the life and contributions of Ada Augusta Byron as the first programmer of Computing. 12 pgs. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

15. Adolf Eichmann and the Identification of Modern Evil.

Desc: This essay will argue the admittedly controversial view that Eichmann cannot fully be held to account for his crimes because the basis of his guilt is an evil that lies in our common humanity. 7 pgs. Bibliography lists 1 source.

16. Adolph Hitler.

Desc: Adolph Hitler rose to the head of the National Socialist (Nazi) party at a time when the socialist factions of political Germany were many and divided. Once the Nazi party had achieved some significant electoral success, Hitler became chancellor of Germany. Fascism in Germany was widely popular. German, Hitler's, fascism (National Socialism - Nazism) had its origins in conflict, violent action being the core mechanism of its power, best realized by Adolph Hitler. Adolph Hitler rose to the head of the National Socialist (Nazi) party at a time when the socialist factions of political Germany were many and divided. Chicago (Turabian) w/ Foot and Endnotes. 10 pgs, bibliography lists 8 sources.

17. Al Capone: The Iconic Gangster of the Roaring Twenties.

Desc: This paper discusses how Capone was simultaneously a gangster and a hero of sorts. Though his public fortunes waxed and waned, he was, for a considerable time, held up as a swashbuckling type of hero as he did battle with the conservative forces who had robbed the populace of one its favorite pastimes, drinking. He was rich and successful in a raucously defiant way--much like the gunmen of the wild west-- and this endeared him to public of the 1920's. 5 pgs. 11 f/c. 8b.

18. Alberto Giacommeti: A Biography.

Desc: This paper illustrates the life of Alberto Giacommeti from his early beginnings and his influences in art. Alberto Giacommeti is generally recognized as one of the greatest sculptors in modern art. Perhaps more than any other modern artist he used sculpture to make comments on modern existence. Straddling both pre-War II and post-World War II culture, his sculptures were a revelation. Giacommeti was able to incorporate all the aesthetic and philosophical movements of his time and create work that was exciting and unique. 4 pgs. 5 f/c. 4b.

19. Alexander The Great: Who Was He

Desc: This is a five-page paper on Alexander the Great. Where was he born, who was he, did people like him? What did he accomplish during his reign, what the outcome and consequences. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

20. Alexander's Death.

Desc: This eight-page undergraduate paper discusses thee death of Alexander the Great. The paper puts forward the circumstance surrounding his death and the various versions of his death as recalled by various people and cultures. 8 pgs. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

21. An Analysis of Jackie Robinson.

Desc: This paper will discuss how Jackie Robinson opened the door for black athletes into a white dominated game. By showing how this was done, we can how this influential athlete had changed the way that black men are seen in American history. In the details described here will give us insight into this great man, and how he changed the face of baseball history. 3 pgs, bibliography lists 4 sources.

22. Anne Bradstreet.

Desc: This is a 5-page critical analysis of Anne Bradstreet and her life and works as a representation of her times. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

23. Anne Geddes: A Biography.

Desc: This three-page undergraduate paper is in the form of a brief biography of Anne Geddes, a famous Australian photographer whose photographs of babies and children have become very popular in recent years. 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

24. Arthur Miller.

Desc: This is a 5-page paper in MLA style that reflects on the life of Arthur Miller and the influence on his life and works. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

25. Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa.

Desc: This paper is an autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa. Yukichi Fukuzawa was one of the first experts on the West in modern Japan, which evolved in the late 19th century. He was born into samurai families in feudal Japan, which knew no other system than the Bakufu military dictatorship or shogunate. Although his father died when Yukichi was still a small boy, he remembered his father's deep belief in the Confucian doctrine, which stressed honesty, serenity and avoidance of mercantilism or business cunning. That was his father's supposed ideal form of education for his children, because that was what he practiced passionately (Fukuzawa 1980).

26. Alexander The Great.

Desc: This biography takes a deeper look at the saga of Alexander The Great. His accomplishments and history is a tale of adventure and conquest. It may be argued that while Columbus' discover of the New World was indeed significant, it cannot in the end hold a candle to Alexander's great vision. 4.5 pgs. 4 f/c. 6b.