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What Makes a Hero?

I've been wondering lately, as I gear up to teach a course that has a unit on "American Heroes." What sort of requirements does a hero have to fulfill? A hero is usually most simply defined as someone who saves other people's lives -- a fireman who pulls someone from a burning building, say. We also reserve this important title for people who die in the attempt. But the definition of "hero" has gotten pretty blurry lately. So what really makes a hero? (Read more »)

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