In 1895, two young men destined to make their mark on American life—Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge—discovered they shared a common interest in the remarkable way ordinary Americans demonstrated the real character of the young nation. They were convinced that the brilliance of American liberty could best be found in the lives of everyday people, rather than in the traditional accounts of the famous and powerful.
Somehow the two men found time to research and write the twenty-six amazing stories in Hero Tales. From the great battles that defined the War for Independence to the intrepid explorations that opened up the western frontier, and from the defining struggles of the early pioneers to the transforming tragedies of the Civil War, these two men were able to capture in words the essence of the American spirit—the same spirit that would catapult them in succeeding years to the forefront of the world stage and place them in the pantheon of heroes they celebrated.
Rather than preach or moralize, these stories show the qualities of good character at work. Hero Tales from American History thus is one of those rare, timeless classics that belongs in every home, library, and classroom.
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