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We the people : the modern-day figures who have reshaped and affirmed the Founding Fathers' vision of America

by Williams, Juan (Author)

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"What would the Founding Fathers think about America today? Over 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... Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • The Founding Fathers and modern America
  • 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.