No one has ever written a book on the Declaration quite like this one. Gordon wood, new york review of bookswinner of the zócalo book prizewinner of the society of american historians’ francis parkman prizewinner of the chicago tribune’s heartland Prize NonfictionFinalist for the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation Hurston Wright Legacy AwardShortlisted for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for NonfictionShortlisted for the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Ralph Waldo Emerson AwardA New York Times Book Review Editors Choice SelectionFeatured on the front page of the New York Times, Our Declaration is already regarded as a seminal work that reinterprets the promise of American democracy through our founding text.
Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality #ad - A tour de force. Kennedy. Combining a personal account of teaching the declaration with a vivid evocation of the colonial world between 1774 and 1777, a political philosopher renowned for her work on justice and citizenship reveals our nation’s founding text to be an animating force that not only changed the world more than two-hundred years ago, Allen, but also still can.
Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set TablePicador #ad - Noyes’s belief in the perfectibility of human nature eventually inspired him to institute a program of eugenics, known as stirpiculture, that resulted in a new generation of Oneidans who, when the Community disbanded in 1880, sought to exorcise the ghost of their fathers’ disreputable sexual theories.
Noyes established a revolutionary community in rural new york centered around achieving a life free of sin through God’s grace, while also espousing equality of the sexes and “complex marriage, ” a system of free love where sexual relations with multiple partners was encouraged. A fascinating and unusual chapter in american history about a religious community that held radical notions of equality, sex, at the beginning of the twentieth century, and religion-only to transform itself, into a successful silverware company and a model of buttoned-down corporate propriety.
In the early nineteenth century, many Americans were looking for an alternative to the Puritanism that had been the foundation of the new country. Converted into a joint-stock company, would go on to become one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of silverware, Oneida Community, Limited, and their brand a coveted mark of middle-class respectability in pre- and post-WWII America.
Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table #ad - Told by a descendant of one of the community’s original families, turning its back on its own ideals, Ellen Wayland-Smith's Oneida is a captivating story that straddles two centuries to reveal how a radical, free-love sect, transformed into a purveyor of the white-picket-fence American dream. Amid the fervor of the religious revival known as the second Great Awakening, a spirited but socially awkward young man, John Humphrey Noyes, attracted a group of devoted followers with his fiery sermons about creating Jesus’ millennial kingdom here on Earth.
Democracy in AmericaUniversity of Chicago Press #ad - What struck him most was the country's equality of conditions, its democracy. It remains the most often quoted book about the United States, not only because it has something to interest and please everyone, but also because it has something to teach everyone. When it was published in 2000, harvey mansfield and delba winthrop's new translation of Democracy in America—only the third since the original two-volume work was published in 1835 and 1840—was lauded in all quarters as the finest and most definitive edition of Tocqueville's classic thus far.
Alexis de tocqueville 1805-59 came to America in 1831 to see what a great republic was like. The book he wrote on his return to France, Democracy in America, is both the best ever written on democracy and the best ever written on America. Mansfield and winthrop have restored the nuances of Tocqueville's language, with the expressed goal "to convey Tocqueville's thought as he held it rather than to restate it in comparable terms of today.
Democracy in America #ad - The result is a translation with minimal interpretation, but with impeccable annotations of unfamiliar references and a masterful introduction placing the work and its author in the broader contexts of political philosophy and statesmanship. .
Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of MeritocracyPrinceton University Press #ad - In success and luck, bestselling author and new york Times economics columnist Robert Frank explores the surprising implications of those findings to show why the rich underestimate the importance of luck in success—and why that hurts everyone, even the wealthy. Frank describes how, in a world increasingly dominated by winner-take-all markets, chance opportunities and trivial initial advantages often translate into much larger ones—and enormous income differences—over time; how false beliefs about luck persist, despite compelling evidence against them; and how myths about personal success and luck shape individual and political choices in harmful ways.
But, we could decrease the inequality driven by sheer luck by adopting simple, fight global warming, unintrusive policies that would free up trillions of dollars each year—more than enough to fix our crumbling infrastructure, Frank argues, and reduce poverty, expand healthcare coverage, all without requiring painful sacrifices from anyone.
Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy #ad - In recent years, social scientists have discovered that chance plays a much larger role in important life outcomes than most people imagine. But liberals are also correct to note that countless others have those same qualities yet never earn much. As conservatives correctly observe, people who amass great fortunes are almost always talented and hardworking.
If this sounds implausible, you'll be surprised to discover that the solution requires only a few, noncontroversial steps. Compellingly readable, richer, success and Luck shows how a more accurate understanding of the role of chance in life could lead to better, and fairer economies and societies.
Education and EqualityUniversity of Chicago Press #ad - Drawing on thinkers such as john rawls and Hannah Arendt, she sketches out a humanistic baseline that re-links education to equality, showing how doing so can help us reframe policy questions. Deepened by commentaries from leading thinkers tommie shelby, and quiara Alegría Hudes that touch on issues ranging from globalization to law to linguistic empowerment, Michael Rebell, Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, this book offers a critical clarification of just how important education is to democratic life, as well as a stirring defense of the humanities.
. American education as we know it today—guaranteed by the state to serve every child in the country—is still less than a hundred years old. From there, she turns to civic education, showing that we must reorient education’s trajectory toward readying students for lives as democratic citizens. In these tanner lectures, danielle allen brings us much closer, examining the ideological impasse between vocational and humanistic approaches that has plagued educational discourse, offering a compelling proposal to finally resolve the dispute.
Education and Equality #ad - Allen argues that education plays a crucial role in the cultivation of political and social equality and economic fairness, but that we have lost sight of exactly what that role is and should be. It’s no wonder we haven’t agreed yet as to exactly what role education should play in our society.
My Bondage and My Freedom with Biographical Introduction Digireads.com ClassicsDigireads.com #ad - My bondage and my freedom" is an important document of the state of race relations and the politics of slavery leading up to the American Civil War and in its pages we find the voice that made Frederick Douglass one of the nation's most prominent figures in the American Anti-Slavery movement as well as an intimate portrait of his life.
. My bondage and my freedom" is the classic slave narrative of Frederick Douglass that tells the tale of his captivity and his freedom from slavery in the early to middle 1800s.
American Immigration: A Very Short Introduction Very Short IntroductionsOxford University Press #ad - The book also looks at immigration from the perspective of the migrant--farmers and industrial workers, mechanics and domestics, highly trained professionals and small-business owners--who willingly pulled up stakes for the promise of a better life. Written by experts for the newcomer, from philosophy to Freud, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, quantum theory to Islam.
A thoughtful look at immigration, and the motivations and experiences of the migrants themselves, anti-immigration sentiments, this book offers a compact but wide-ranging look at one of America's persistent hot-button issues. Historian david gerber begins by examining the many legal efforts to curb immigration and to define who is and is not an American, which opened the door to millions of newcomers, and the reform-minded Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, the Emergency Quota Act of 1921, ranging from the Naturalization Law of 1795 which applied only to "free-born white persons" to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the vast majority from Asia and Latin America.
. Throughout, the book sheds light on the relationships between race and ethnicity in the life of these groups and in the formation of American society, and it stresses the marked continuities across waves of immigration and across different racial and ethnic groups. A fascinating and even-handed historical account, this book puts into perspective the longer history of calls for stronger immigration laws and the on-going debates over the place of immigrants in American society.
American Immigration: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - About the series: combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Americans have come from every corner of the globe, territorial acquisition, colonialism, the slave trade, and they have been brought together by a variety of historical processes--conquest, and voluntary immigration.
A People and a Nation: A History of the United States, Volume I: To 1877Cengage Learning #ad - The authors' attention to race and racial identity and their inclusion of everyday people and popular culture brings history to life, engaging readers and encouraging them to imagine what life was really like in the past. Available in the following split options: a people and a nation, isbn: 978-0-495-91525-6; volume i: to 1877 chapters 1-16, ninth edition chapters 1-33, isbn: 978-0-495-91589-8; Volume II: Since 1865 Chapters 16-33, ISBN: 978-0-495-91590-4.
A People and a Nation: A History of the United States, Volume I: To 1877 #ad - Important notice: media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version. A people and a nation is a best-selling text offering a spirited narrative that tells the stories of all people in the United States.
Major Problems in American History, Volume ICengage Learning #ad - Comprehensive topical coverage includes politics, culture, gender, economics, labor, and social trends. The third edition features greater focus on visual and cultural sources throughout. Several chapters now include images, songs and poems to give students a better ""feel"" for the time period and events under discussion.
Major Problems in American History, Volume I #ad - Key pedagogical elements of the major Problems format have been retained: 15 to 16 chapters per volume, headnotes, chapter introductions, and suggested readings. Important notice: media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version. Designed to encourage critical thinking about history, the mAJOR PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN HISTORY series introduces students to both primary sources and analytical essays on important topics in U.
S. This collection serves as the primary anthology for the introductory survey course, covering the subject's entire chronological span. History.
The Declaration of Independence: A Global HistoryHarvard University Press #ad - In a stunningly original look at the American Declaration of Independence, David Armitage reveals the document in a new light: through the eyes of the rest of the world. Not only did the declaration announce the entry of the United States onto the world stage, it became the model for other countries to follow.
Armitage examines the declaration as a political, and intellectual document, legal, and is the first to treat it entirely within a broad international framework. An eye-opening list of declarations of independence since 1776 is compiled here for the first time. He shows how the declaration arose within a global moment in the late eighteenth century similar to our own.
He uses over one hundred declarations of independence written since 1776 to show the influence and role the U. S. Declaration has played in creating a world of states out of a world of empires. Declaration of Independence and sample declarations from around the world. This unique global perspective demonstrates the singular role of the United States document as a founding statement of our modern world.
The Declaration of Independence: A Global History #ad - He discusses why the framers' language of natural rights did not resonate in Britain, how the document was interpreted in the rest of the world, and where and how the Declaration has had an overt influence on independence movements--from Haiti to Vietnam, whether the Declaration established a new nation or a collection of states, and from Venezuela to Rhodesia.
Included is the text of the U.
Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of ErrorHarperCollins e-books #ad - Guiding the reader through the history and psychology of error, from Socrates to Alan Greenspan, Being Wrong will change the way you perceive screw-ups, both of the mammoth and daily variety, forever. Both wise and clever, full of fun and surprise about a topic so central to our lives that we almost never even think about it.
Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error #ad - Bill mckibben, author of earth: making a life on a tough new planetin the tradition of The Wisdom of Crowds and Predictably Irrational comes Being Wrong, an illuminating exploration of what it means to be in error, and why homo sapiens tend to tacitly assume or loudly insist that they are right about most everything.
Kathryn schulz, editor of Grist magazine, argues that error is the fundamental human condition and should be celebrated as such.