Us and Them: A History of Intolerance in America

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Us and Them illuminates the dark corners of our nation's past and traces our ongoing efforts to live up to the American ideals of equality and justice. Fourteen case studies—enhanced through the use of original documents, historical photos, newly commissioned paintings, and dramatic narrative—bring readers a first-hand account of the history and psychology of intolerance. We read about Mary Dyer, executed for her Quaker faith in Boston in 1660. We learn how the Mormons were expelled from Missouri in 1838. The ...

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Overview

Us and Them illuminates the dark corners of our nation's past and traces our ongoing efforts to live up to the American ideals of equality and justice. Fourteen case studies—enhanced through the use of original documents, historical photos, newly commissioned paintings, and dramatic narrative—bring readers a first-hand account of the history and psychology of intolerance. We read about Mary Dyer, executed for her Quaker faith in Boston in 1660. We learn how the Mormons were expelled from Missouri in 1838. The attack on Chinese miners in Wyoming in 1885, the battle of Wounded Knee in 1890, the Ku Klux Klan activities in Mobile, Alabama in 1981, and the Crown Heights riot in 1991 are among the memorable episodes presented in clear, evocative language that brings to life history that is often forgotten or slighted.

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"This balanced account belongs in all libraries."—Library Lane

"Effectively presents stories of intolerance from colonial times to the present."—The Horn Book Guide

"Each chapter in this excellent history focuses in depth on one individual's experience or on a particular episode of bigotry.... The large-size volume has a handsome, readable design.... Should get widespread use, both for classroom discussion and for personal reading."—Booklist

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
That America the Beautiful has a wide and deep history of intolerance will come as no surprise to most people. This is merely a brief accounting of fourteen examples of persecution based on race, religion, gender, political practice, and sexual preference from colonial times to the present. Sidebars offer appropriate documentation and place each event in historical context. It's not a pretty picture, but an important one that will generate classroom discussion about why and how Americans hate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195131253
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 795,221
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Carnes was born in Columbus, Mississippi, in 1955. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he served as an editor with Encyclopaedia Britannica for eight years. He is currently the Director of the Teaching Tolerance project of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama.

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