The believe that it is the man who determines history is totally true. The man is the cause of almost anything is great regard in history. The actions of man has been to go against what is perceived as impossible. To defy the odds and go against the grain. Jesse Owens and Muhammad Ali, prove the position at hand.
In Jesse Owens case, you could say that he was in the right place at the right time. However, he was an American. An African-American. An African-American who was going against, the Master Race of Adolf Hitler. Not to mention the hostile crowd that packed the Coliseum of Berlin in the 1936 Olympics. Owens went on to win 4 gold medals, in the 100 meters, 200 meters, the long jump, and the 4×100 relay. If it were any other American, this event wouldnt have so much. Since it was Mr. Owens, it meant that much more.
You would expect a boxer who is brash, cocky, and who had a swagger one could only dream, to be hated by everyone. To have the living daylights knocked out of them by someone who didnt want to hear about all the crap he had been saying days before a fight. For Cassius Clay, also known as Muhammad Ali, Ali was confident, not arrogant. Ali believed, he didnt fill the hype. He just believed in what he knew and he let everyone know about it. When the Vietnam war arouse in the late 1960s, Muhammad Ali was given a forced decision. He received a letter in the mail telling him by the Selective Service that he must report to camp to prepare to go to Vietnam for war. He had one of two choices, number #1, to go to war and not go to jail even though his Muslim belief stated that it was wrong, or number #2, go to jail, give up his Heavyweight championship, and go in opposition to the government, and stick up for what he believed in. So he went to jail, lost his title, and stood up for what he believed in, all is it in the prime of his fighting career. Enough said, yes, he also got his title back after being in jail for two and a half years.
These two men are prime examples of how man makes history. Now, man can be in the right place at the right time. Nevertheless, man still must execute and perform to have a significant destination in the history books of time.