Heroism in America

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American heroes have fallen on hard times. Who are they? Where are they? Do we still have any heroes? Heroism in America explores these troubling questions, and it challenges readers to think about the qualities of their own heroes and to become heroes in their own lives.

Offers various definitions of heroes, discusses who becomes a hero in America and why hero-worship seems to have declined, and explores how to be a hero in one's ...

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Overview

American heroes have fallen on hard times. Who are they? Where are they? Do we still have any heroes? Heroism in America explores these troubling questions, and it challenges readers to think about the qualities of their own heroes and to become heroes in their own lives.

Offers various definitions of heroes, discusses who becomes a hero in America and why hero-worship seems to have declined, and explores how to be a hero in one's own life.

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Gr 9 Up-In what is essentially a collective biography, Leinwand defines heroism, examines its role in a democratic society, and describes the various attributes that Americans have traditionally admired. He weaves together commentary, quotes, and short biographical sketches of 14 inspiring exemplars. The lives of Chief Joseph, Helen Keller, Andrew Carnegie, Rosa Parks, and others illustrate the quality of character and contribution that are valued in a democracy. By showing how such figures had the courage to follow their convictions, struggled to make the right decisions, and even failed at times, the narrative realistically delineates heroism and encourages young people to aspire to and seek it in their own lives. Good-quality, black-and-white photographs and reproductions appear throughout the volume. Although heroism is not a heavily studied subject, the range of individuals introduced makes this book a useful model of expository and didactic writing.-Janet Woodward, Franklin High School, Seattle, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531112823
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Series: Democracy in Action Ser.
  • Edition description: 37100 Scholastic Library
  • Pages: 196
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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