A People's Charter The Pursuit of Rights in America by James MacGregor Burns and Stewart Burns

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This is a very good to like new hardcover with dust jacket. 1991 Knopf Publishing. This copy is crisp and clean inside and out. The pages inside are like new, crisp, clean and free of markings. The binding is tight and straight. Navy blue hardcover boards w gold lettering under jacket are like new. The dust jacket is very good, clean and shiny with only very light shelf wear from display. 577 pages including index.

In this groundbreaking work, the authors present the fist comprehensive study of rights in American society. Integrating political theory with social and intellectual history, they begin by tracing the history of human rights in Europe from antiquity through the 18th century. Turning to the United States, they examine the making and remaking of the people's charter over two centuries in the crucible of struggles for rights - from the Anti-Federalists' fight for the original Bill of Rights to the generation-long battle over women's reproductive freedom. They authors not only look at the great moral and political crusades that achieved constitutional and legal reforms but also at how individuals, groups, and movements either have sought to implement and enforce these reforms or have stood in their way. The book is a profound consideration of human rights - civil, political, social, economic and cultural - demonstrating that rights are not static concepts or merely the creations of philosophers or political elites, but dynamic moral forces and social resources at once shaped and used by human beings in the throes of intense personal and social struggle.

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