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The Hero in America
This paper discusses the changing concept of the hero and the American fascination for tearing heroes down and compares and contrasts the public conceptions of military heroes US Grant & Norman Schwartzkopf.
# 18553 | 675 words | 2 sources | 1991 | US
Published on Feb 12, 2003 in Communication (Mass Media) , History (Leaders) , History (U.S. After 1865)


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"The concept of the hero has changed out of necessity. We live in an age of full disclosure, when every wart and blemish is scrutinized and featured in the newspaper and on television. A hero is hard to develop under that glare of publicity, a glare that a century or so ago did not exist. In addition, we shift what we celebrate as heroic in some degree. In the past we celebrated brave deeds, and today we celebrate prowess on the football or basketball field, a kind of hero-worship strongly criticized as misplaced by many commentators. However, there are certain categories which seem to recur whether we like it or not, and one of these is the military hero. We might wish we lived in a world where it was not necessary to have military heroes, but such a world does not yet exist. A century ago a leader like Ulysses S. Grant was celebrated as a hero for his achievements in the ... "

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