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Virginia E. Randolph: A Hero Of African American Schooling In Virginia, Declan J. Horrigan Dec 2017

Virginia E. Randolph: A Hero Of African American Schooling In Virginia, Declan J. Horrigan

Scott T. Allison

Virginia Randolph went to extraordinary measures throughout her life to give
the gift of education to as many people as she could. Throughout her life she
remained fiercely committed to her goal of making school available to everyone,
especially for African-American children of her time.


Patrick Henry: The Revolutionary Hero, Bailey A. Gillespy Dec 2017

Patrick Henry: The Revolutionary Hero, Bailey A. Gillespy

Scott T. Allison

This chapter explores several factors that drove Patrick Henry towards heroism,
examines what kind of hero he was, and addresses how his heroic action
impacted America. I will discuss the various steps of Henry’s heroic journey
using Christopher Vogler’s (2007) twelve step model, based on Joseph
Campbell’s (1949) hero’s monomyth. I will identify the attributes that enabled
Henry to achieve heroic status, drawing from Allison and Goethals’ (2011)
conceptualization of the great eight traits of heroes, and I will examine the
events of his life that led to the acquisition of these traits. I will examine ...


May Keller: The Hero Who Defied All Odds, Aliya J. Sultan Dec 2017

May Keller: The Hero Who Defied All Odds, Aliya J. Sultan

Scott T. Allison

In this chapter, I will explore Keller’s heroic traits and examine what factors
specifically make her a Richmond hero. I will describe the stages of Keller’s
heroic journey and discuss Joseph Campbell’s monomyth, which includes
three major events: departure, initiation, and return. From there I will look at
how Keller exhibited the great eight heroic traits from Allison and Goethals’
(2011) list of eight qualities that every hero possesses. I will also discuss how
Keller’s leadership affected her social identity and why her gender had an
influence on her leadership as well. I will also describe ...


John Marshall: The Supreme Hero Of Justice, Emmalyn G. Dressel Dec 2017

John Marshall: The Supreme Hero Of Justice, Emmalyn G. Dressel

Scott T. Allison

The goal in this chapter is to uncover the true story of John Marshall by
focusing on his life story and dispositional characteristics that gave rise to
his heroism. This analysis will begin with a description of his heroic journey,
focusing on his childhood and on those who played a central role in his heroic
formation. Crucial points that led to his transformation of self and society
will also be described, highlighting the important characteristics prevalent
in his heroic transformations. Our analysis will then turn to a description his
avowed purpose in life, also showing how his sense of meaning ...


Lawrence Douglas Wilder: The Black Pioneer, Janell M. Spigner Dec 2017

Lawrence Douglas Wilder: The Black Pioneer, Janell M. Spigner

Scott T. Allison

This chapter seeks to unlock the intriguing complexity of Wilder’s heroism
and strives to give Wilder’s heroism the methodical reveling it deserves.
Specifically, the chapter will begin by exploring Wilder’s heroism through
the metaphorical lens of Joseph Campbell’s hero monomyth. Following that
exploration will be an analytical look at the qualities Wilder possesses that
place him among the pantheon of heroes. Then I will delve into the major
transformations that Wilder underwent internally, and how he also use his
transformations to transform others. Finally, the chapter will look at the lasting
imprint that Wilder is still ...


Mary Sue Terry: The Hero Who Defied The Double Bind, Thomas J. Villani Dec 2017

Mary Sue Terry: The Hero Who Defied The Double Bind, Thomas J. Villani

Scott T. Allison

This chapter focuses on Mary Sue Terry’s heroism. Specifically, the goal of this chapter is to
demonstrate how Terry’s life followed Joseph Campbell’s classic monomyth
of the hero, how she underwent important personal transformations, how
she transformed others in meaningful ways, what type of hero she was, and
what heroic traits she displayed. From this analysis, the unmistakable conclusion
that one can reach is that Mary Sue Terry is one of the most inspiring
Richmond heroes in the city’s history.


Mary Elizabeth Bowser: The Humble Hero, Morgan E. Caron Dec 2017

Mary Elizabeth Bowser: The Humble Hero, Morgan E. Caron

Scott T. Allison

In this chapter, I will detail the heroic life of Mary Elizabeth Bowser. In doing
so, I will describe her life story and note the many ways that it parallels the
hero's journey as described by comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell
(1949). I will also discuss the central characteristics of Bowser that correspond
to the traits of a hero. Moreover, my goal is to delve into her heroic transformation,
noting the sources of her transformation and the many people who
helped her grow and evolve in significant ways. Finally, I will apply several
other theories and principles of heroism science ...


Unsung Heroes Of Richmond: The Extraordinary Feats Of Gilbert Hunt, Elizabeth Van Lew, And Sally Tompkins, Mikaela R. Rosen Dec 2017

Unsung Heroes Of Richmond: The Extraordinary Feats Of Gilbert Hunt, Elizabeth Van Lew, And Sally Tompkins, Mikaela R. Rosen

Scott T. Allison

This chapter will investigate
the lives of three important citizens of Richmond, Virginia, who have made
important contributions to humanity. First, important definitions and theories
of heroism will be provided. Then the chapter will classify and discuss
the heroism of Richmond’s own Gilbert Hunt, Elizabeth Van Lew, and Sally
Tompkins. The chapter concludes by discussing possible explanations as to
why these three heroes have remained largely unknown.


E. Claiborne And Lora Robins: The Convergence Of Two Selfless Heroes, Lauren J. Weingarten Dec 2017

E. Claiborne And Lora Robins: The Convergence Of Two Selfless Heroes, Lauren J. Weingarten

Scott T. Allison

By coupling personal histories with theories of heroism, this chapter offers
an analysis of how E. Claiborne Robins and Lora Robins inspired each other
to become heroes, how they saved the University of Richmond with their
supremely generous gift, and how they continued to lead a life of purpose
thereafter.


Saving A University On The Brink: The Heroism Of E. Claiborne And Lora Robins, Lauren J. Weingarten Dec 2017

Saving A University On The Brink: The Heroism Of E. Claiborne And Lora Robins, Lauren J. Weingarten

Scott T. Allison

This article describes the heroic efforts of E. Claiborne and Lora Robins in saving the University of Richmond from the brink of bankruptcy. These two heroes' personal transformations will in part be explained by drawing upon
Allison and Goethals’ (2011) great eight traits of a hero, as well as the need for
a hero to discover his or her missing inner quality. Just how the Robins transformed
the community at the University of Richmond will then be discussed,
taking into account their family’s more recent history of generosity and the
Robins’ image as role models.