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10 American Heroes You Didn't Know About

05/28/2012 08:46 am 08:46:42 | Updated Jul 24, 2012

Not all heroes appear in the standard history texts. Their achievements aren't celebrated like the monumental exploits of presidents, generals, and founding fathers. But for as long as this nation has existed, ordinary citizens have done extraordinary things. In Secret Heroes: Everyday Americans Who Shaped Our World [William Morrow, $14.99], I spotlight 30 overlooked Americans who displayed an outsize measure of courage and determination. Here are 10 of them.