Heroes and Villains

Douglas MacArthur and Hubris

Students will explore the vice of hubris or pride in a constitutional republic in this lesson on civic virtue.  Students will examine the life of the heroic, but flawed, career of General Douglas MacArthur in World War II and the Korean War.  Through a historical narrative, discussion guide, primary sources, and other activities, students will analyze whether MacArthur exhibited the vice of hubris and what effect it might have had on civil-military relations in a constitutional republic.

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Civic Virtue

A set of actions and habits necessary for the safe, effective, and mutually beneficial participation in a society.

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Civil Discourse

Reasoned and respectful sharing of ideas between individuals is the primary way people influence change in society/government, and is essential to maintain self-government.

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