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[Detail] Major-General Zachary Taylor--President of the United States. 1848.

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Literary Theme: Leadership

The collection lends itself to the literary theme of leadership. Students might consider this quote from the play Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare:

"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."

Ask students to consider which presidents exemplify each part of this statement.