On Ordinary Heroes and American Democracy / Edition 1

On Ordinary Heroes and American Democracy / Edition 1

by Gerald M. Pomper
     
 

ISBN-10: 1594513910

ISBN-13: 9781594513916

Pub. Date: 02/28/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594513916
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
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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