On Ordinary Heroes and American Democracy / Edition 1

On Ordinary Heroes and American Democracy / Edition 1

by Gerald M. Pomper
     
 

True American heroes need not have superhuman abilities nor do they need to act alone. Heroism in a democracy is different from the heroism of myths and legends, writes Gerald Pomper in this original contribution to the literature of U.S. politics. Through the remarkable stories of eight diverse Americans who acted as heroes by "just doing their jobs" during

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True American heroes need not have superhuman abilities nor do they need to act alone. Heroism in a democracy is different from the heroism of myths and legends, writes Gerald Pomper in this original contribution to the literature of U.S. politics. Through the remarkable stories of eight diverse Americans who acted as heroes by "just doing their jobs" during national crises, he offers a provocative definition of heroism and fresh reasons to respect U.S. institutions and the people who work within them. This new paperback edition includes photographs, an introductory chapter on American heroism after 9/11, a survey of the meanings of heroism in U.S. popular culture, and an original concluding theory of "ordinary" heroism.

The chapters cover these institutions, crises, and individuals:

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594513916
Publisher:
Paradigm Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Series:
On Politics
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: We Call Them Heroes

Chapter 2: Models of American Heroism

Chapter 3: Peter Rodino: A Hero of the House

Chapter 4: Arthur Watkings: A Hero of the Senate

Chapter 5: Harry Truman: A Hero as President

Chapter 6: Wayne Justice: A Hero of the Judiciary

Chapter 7: Frances Kelsey: A Hero of Bureaucracy

Chapter 8: Thurlow Weed: A Hero in Party Politics

Chapter 9: Ida Tarbell: A Hero of the Press

Chapter 10: John Lewis: A Hero of Social Movements

Chapter 11: Ordinary Heroes and American Democracy

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