How does a coward become a hero? Henry Fleming is about to face that very question. Hearing the call to serve in one of our nation’s greatest conflicts, the American Civil War, Henry leaves both home and family to take up the life of a Union soldier. However, though he had, “…dreamed of battles all his life…” and “…imagined peoples secure in the shadow of his eagle-eyed prowess…” he soon finds that the soldier’s life is more than he bargained for, and a single wrong decision runs the risk of branding him a coward for what little of his life he thinks he has left. Broken pride, fear, and guilt become secondary battlefields on which Henry must struggle even as the war continues to rage around him. Will he ultimately find the hero within, earning, if necessary, his own red badge of courage, or will he die a coward? This enhanced edition includes journals, discussion questions, essay prompts and vocabulary activities great for use in the classroom.
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