Growing up in America, I had never heard of Atatürk. I took a class in college about the Ottoman Empire, so I must have heard of him somewhere, but I honestly have no memory of him. I remember seeing portraits in every business when we first visited Turkey in 2015, and I was determined to learn more.
In America, we really don’t have a single figure like him. We have George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and others; while their accomplishments are amazing, they just don’t compare to what Atatürk did for Turkey. (more…)