People's Charter: The Pursuit of Rights in America

People's Charter: The Pursuit of Rights in America

by James MacGregor Burns
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0679741720

ISBN-13: 2900679741724

Pub. Date: 07/27/1993

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Why did the same men who ratified the notion of "unalienable rights" implicitly withhold rights from slaves? Would the framers of the Constitution recognize the right of workers to strike or of women to have abortions? Does the First Amendment protect the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe?

These are just some of the questions raised in A People's Charter, a

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Why did the same men who ratified the notion of "unalienable rights" implicitly withhold rights from slaves? Would the framers of the Constitution recognize the right of workers to strike or of women to have abortions? Does the First Amendment protect the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe?

These are just some of the questions raised in A People's Charter, a panoramic and often enthralling history of the ideas that gave birth to the Bill of Rights--and the often ferocious struggles that have erupted around it in the last 200 years. From the abolition movement to the racial, sexual, and economic battlegrounds of the present day, the book is a lucid, vital portrait of the ways in which Americans have defined and debated freedom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900679741724
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/27/1993
Edition description:
OP
Pages:
577

Table of Contents

Prologue3
Part 1
Chapter 1The Birth of Rights11
Defenders of the Right14
Rights for All?18
Laws of Freedom and Happiness24
Chapter 2The new World of Rights29
Rights--Cornucopia for Some31
An Eruption of Rights40
James Madison's Political Somersault51
Consensus and Conflict61
Chapter 3The Revolutions of Rights71
Industrializing Rights73
Changing Rights: Property and Happiness79
Property Rights in the Land of Eden88
Equal Rights: Law and Politics92
Part 2
Chapter 4Crossing to Jerusalem103
Which Road to Freedom?105
Themselves Strike the Blow113
Bottom Rail on Top121
Whither the Promised Land?132
Chapter 5Bonds of Womanhood137
The Aristocracy of Sex140
The New Departure150
Democracy Should Begin at Home160
Chapter 6Rights to Bread and Roses171
Fighting for Time174
Solidarity Forever180
Labor's Emerging Bill of Rights188
Part 3
Chapter 7The Reconstruction of Rights197
The Shepherd and the Wolf199
Education: A Birthright?213
Root, Hog, or Die?223
Chapter 8New Deal--New Rights?237
Left, Right, and Center239
Labor's Magna Carta?247
Toward an Economic Bill of Rights258
Chapter 9Hot War, Cold War: Rights Besieged268
"Arms in the Defense of Liberty"270
The Pursuit of National Security280
Centers of Intolerance293
Part 4
Chapter 10Everybody Sing Freedom305
Freedom Now!308
Is This America?318
Economic Justice325
Plural But Equal335
Chapter 11Rights to Liberation: Women at the Cutting Edge339
Are Equal Rights Enough?340
To Own the Flesh We Stand In350
The Expanding Universe of Rights361
Part 5
Chapter 12The Crossfire of Rights373
First Amendment: The Fixed Star?374
The People's Right to Know385
Toward a Cultural Bill of Rights?396
Ronald Reagan's Bill of Rights405
Chapter 13A Global Bill of Human Rights416
The Roosevelt Legacy418
Moral Imperatives and Practical Needs424
Three Worlds of Rights434
Chapter 14Transforming Rights445
Contracting Rights448
Nurturing Rights454
Empowering Rights460
Epilogue: the Endless Struggle469
Notes473
Acknowledgments559
Index561

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