We the People

We the People

The Modern-day Figures Who Have Reshaped and Affirmed the Founding Fathers' Vision of America

eBook - 2016 | First edition.
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What would the Founding Fathers think about America today? More than 200 years ago, the Founders broke away from the tyranny of the British Empire to build a nation based on the principles of freedom, equal rights, and opportunity for all men. But life in the United States today is vastly different from anything the original Founders could have imagined in the late 1700s. The notion of an African-American president of the United States, or a woman such as Condoleezza Rice or Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, would have been unimaginable to the men who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, or who ratified the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. In a fascinating work of history told through a series of in depth profiles, prize-winning journalist Juan Williams takes readers into the life and work of a new generation of American Founders, who honor the original Founders' vision, even as they have quietly led revolutions in American politics, immigration, economics, and sexual behavior and reshaped the landscape of the nation.--From dust jacket.
Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307952066
0307952061
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 453 pages)
Contents: The great American melting pot : JFK, Ted Kennedy, and the immigration reform that changed America
The living Constitution : Earl Warren, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr., Lyndon Johnson, and the fight for civil rights
Broken windows, urban crime, and hard data : Bill Bratton and modern policing
"No apologies, no regrets" : General William Westmoreland and the rebirth of the U.S. military
It's the economy, stupid : Milton Friedman's new math of free markets, big business, and small taxes
Liberty and justice for all : Eleanor Roosevelt and the fight for universal human rights
The bridge and tunnel crowd : Robert Moses, William Levitt, and the American city
"Keep the boys happy" : George Meany, labor unions, and the rise of the middle class
One nation under God : Billy Graham and the power of the Christian Right
Girls to women to your boss : Betty Friedan and American feminism
The power of diplomacy : Henry Kissinger, Richard Nixon, and the opening of China
One third of a nation : Pat Moynihan and the war on poverty
Equal protection under the law : Harry Hay, Barry Goldwater, and gay rights
Back to the future : Ronald Reagan, Ed Meese, and the remaking of the judicial system
The social safety net : Social Security, Medicare, and Robert Ball
Silent spring : Rachel Carson and the environmental movement
A new beginning : Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson, and the fight for racial equality
The right to bear arms : Charlton Heston and the NRA.
Summary: What would the Founding Fathers think about America today? More than 200 years ago, the Founders broke away from the tyranny of the British Empire to build a nation based on the principles of freedom, equal rights, and opportunity for all men. But life in the United States today is vastly different from anything the original Founders could have imagined in the late 1700s. The notion of an African-American president of the United States, or a woman such as Condoleezza Rice or Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, would have been unimaginable to the men who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, or who ratified the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. In a fascinating work of history told through a series of in depth profiles, prize-winning journalist Juan Williams takes readers into the life and work of a new generation of American Founders, who honor the original Founders' vision, even as they have quietly led revolutions in American politics, immigration, economics, and sexual behavior and reshaped the landscape of the nation.--From dust jacket.

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