A great resource for running the "Most Courageous American Tournament" is The American Patriot's Almanac: Daily readings on America (By Dr. Bill Bennett). I usually read the one page entry before each vote (Many of those who have appeared in my tournament over the years are found in this book). The book sums up the key event/person in a page. I love the simple and straight forward approach. This has been an invaluable tool while running my tournaments.
Another book that provides inspirational examples of the men and women in our country's history that dared to go out on a limb and take chances is The Book of Man by Dr. Bill Bennett.
Additional books my students have loved are
Rose, Alexander: Washington's Spies: the Story of America's First Spy Ring
Sides, Hampton. Ghost Soliders: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission
Hillebrand, Laura. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Another great resource is The Intellectual Devotional: American History provides a no non-sense look at men and women your students may consider for entry into the "Most Courageous American Tournament" or other tournaments.
Online resources are endless. Youtube has hundreds of 1-10 minute clips on men and women who were difference makers in shaping our country's history.
Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions you may want to make your tournament the best it can be.
I can be reached at jhoekstra@teachwithtournaments or you can call me at 952-200-1934