Autumn 1941 • Vol. III No. 4 Book Reviews |

Origins of Our Heroes

THE HERO IN AMERICA: A CHRONICLE OF HERO-WORSHIP. By Dixon Wecter. Scribner’s. $3.50 Mr. Wecter's admirable study is the fruit not only of his own contemplation and sound scholarship; it is also the fruit, and might be called the epitome, of the most remarkable period of retrospect and self-examination in our national history. In the years from the publication of Beveridge’s life of John Marshall (1919) to the present we have tried in hundreds of books, monographs, and literary articles to say what we think our history is; and beyond what officially passes as history, to say also what traditions we inherit; what our national and regional peculiarities are; what our folkways are, too, in particularized detail and in the large; and, as in the focus Mr. Wecter invites us to use, who are true heroes, and why. This recovery of the American past has been both systematic and nostalgic. Undoubtedly the graduate schools have led the way and prepared the foundation. Their vast resea

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