||The Red Badge of Courage
Getting along with others
Cultures of the world
|When Henry Fleming heard there was a war, he did not really believe it. He did not think there could be a war in his own country. However, he wanted to be part of it.
The war was the American Civil War, and although the battles would be different to those fought in the past, Henry soon found they were as full of horror and death as any he had ever read about. He joined a new regiment, in the Union army, in blue, and fought against the rebels, in grey.
But Henry's biggest battle of all was with himself. Would he run away, when the fighting got too fierce? Or would he stand up bravely and lead his companions in acts of great heroism?
Stephen Crane, an American novelist, started his career as a newspaper reporter. Although he was not born until long after the Civil War, his story of a young soldier's struggles with thoughts of cowardice and courage is one of the best war stories ever written. Crane died of tuberculosis when he was only 28 years old.
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