Ends and Odds: Eight New Dramatic Pieces

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Grove Press, 1976 - 128 pages

In A Call to Heroism, Peter Gibbon argues that the heroes we honor are the embodiment of the ideals that America was founded on: liberty, justice, and tolerance chief among them. Because the very concept of heroism has come under threat in our cynical media age, Gibbon believes that we must forge a new understanding of what it means to be a hero to fortify our ideals as we engage our present challenges and face those that lay ahead. Gibbon examines the types of heroes that we have celebrated throughout our history, and along the way, he contemplates the meanings of seven monuments and artworks dedicated to heroes to examine what these places and things say about the America of their time--and what they mean for Americans today.

Full of insight and inspiration, A Call to Heroism is a provocative look at a timeless subject that has never been more important.


Chapter One What Is A Hero?
A look at the essence of heroism, and how we perceive it today

Interchapter: Hall of Fame for Great Americans
A contemplation of the Hall monument, built in New York City at the end of the 19th century by architecht Stanford White, and left to decay in the 1970s. Gibbon
 

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Contents

What Is a Hero?
1
The Hall of Fame for Great Americans
15
The NineteenthCentury Ideology of Heroism
18
John Bridge Puritan
37
Our Help in Ages Past
40
The Shaw Memorial
53
The American Warrior Hero
56
Saint John the Divines Sports Bay
71
Rushmore Revisited
117
Ashamed of Our Past
130
Forgotten Monuments
139
Talking to Students About Heroes
142
Why Heroes?
171
Afterword
185
Notes
189
Bibliography
215

The Fall of the Hero Athlete
74
Greenoughs Statue of Washington
87
Heroes to Celebrities
90
Houdons Bust of Franklin
103
The Lives of Heroes
107
Author Interviews
251
Recommended Readings
253
Acknowledgments
255
Index
257
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