As this year's lists begin to roll in, Elvis Presley is ranked at #66 in shaping America, as compiled by the Atlantic Monthly magazine. For a feature article entitled "They Made America," the Atlantic asked four prominent American historians to list and rank the most important people who shaped the nation. Elvis is bested on the list by other Southerners, such as William Faulkner at #60, and he beats out others like Sam Walton at #72.
Topping the list is Abraham Lincoln, for preserving the Union, followed by George Washington, for shaping the country and declining to become a king. Besides politicians, the list includes business people who changed the world, such as Henry Ford, who gave us the assembly line, at #14, and Cyrus McCormick (#73), whose mechanical reaper industrialized agriculture.
The list includes a brief description of each person, such as the one for Elvis: "The king of rock and roll. Enough said."
To see the entire list, visit: www.theatlantic.com/doc/200612/influentials