This book of readings is an attempt to get you to examine the thoughts that people had in putting our society into motion and how those thoughts over time were put into reality. It examines some of the things that went into the earliest thoughts about what a society is and might become. Ideas from Confucius, the Bible, the writings of Jean Jacques Rousseau were all part of what the early Americans read and incorporated into their designs for our Nation in its very beginning stages. We have also included their thoughts and words that document the problems we have encountered as a people and that we still confront, including those of racism, sexism and equal justice under the law. As a work in progress, the United States of America still actively undertakes a rigorous examination of who we are as a people, what the rights of the individual are, what the proper role of the state is, and how do we fulfill the promises we make in our Constitution. We have selected landmark court cases and included individual testimonies of average citizens to try to show you how the work in progress has gone, and where it might be heading. It is a different approach to the study of who we are, and hopefully one you will find intriguing enough to further your own study of our common story. Questions at the end of each reading ask you to think critically about the topic under study.
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Book Description McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0072545984