"Ira Aldridge" is a famous short story by William J. Simmons. In order to know what made America great — each of us should read and study more about the nations, people and folk! This short story describes traditions, habits and life of the African Americans. "Ira Aldridge" demonstrates a lot of facts about their nations. This work of the author has a historical point of view. If you are interested in in-depth study of different nations and races — this story will be for you!