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The Other Heroes of War (access required)

The soldier heroes of war are immortalized in bronze and stone, shouldering weapons, riding great steeds and urging their forces toward battle. Yet courage in war is not limited to adult males. Women and children also act in bold and noble ways in war. The Mexican Revolution (1911-1920) was no exception.

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