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Living the Bill of Rights : how to be an authentic American, Nat Hentoff

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Living the Bill of Rights : how to be an authentic American
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Living the Bill of Rights
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how to be an authentic American
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Nat Hentoff
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Review
  • Despite its title, this book is not a manual of citizenship or even an analysis of the Bill of Rights; instead, it is a series of vignettes about ten peoplewho took committed positions upholding the principles contained in our first tenamendments. Perhaps a more descriptive title might have been "Heroes of the American Civil Liberties Union," as the causes championed by these peopleare also those of the ACLU. Hentoff, longtime Village Voice columnist and author (Speaking Freely, LJ 9/1/97), is unabashedly sympathetic to the people whose stories he relates, and the reader learns a fair amount about the sacrifices theymade in the name of defending civil liberties. But with the exception of Justice William Brennan and Dr. Kenneth Clark, we read little about the personal development of the people?how they came to be so dedicated to the Bill of Rights. Noris extensive legal background offered. Readers with an interest in a general overview of the human side of civil liberties and civil rights litigation will find this book appealing.?Thomas J. Baldino, Wilkes Univ., Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • A strangely intolerant brief filed in support of individual freedom. Longtime Washington Post and Village Voice columnist Hentoff (Speaking Freely, 1997, etc.) illustrates the Bill of Rights through stories about individuals whose lives exemplify them. Not surprisingly for an author more concerned with protecting citizens from government rather than in collective action through government, these stories revolve around court cases, and Supreme Court justices Douglas and Brennan play prominent roles. Less familiar and more interesting is the extended discussion of Kenneth Clark, whose work was footnoted in Brown v. Board of Education and who subsequently devoted his life to converting the intent of that decision into reality. Eschewing separatist appeals to black power and affirmative action, Clark remained a committed integrationist supporting equality in education as the key to social justice. With this exception, however, the stories of those not sitting on the bench share a basic plot: Individuals acting in an unpopular but completely legal manner come into conflict with an authority, they are pressured by those who believe more strongly in conformity to social norms than individual freedom, but they refuse to compromise their constitutional rights. The result of this formulaic discussion is both to supply some wonderful examples of principled fortitude and to reveal Hentoff's odd intolerance of all potentially legitimate claims competing with the Bill of Rights. This means, for example, that an employee refusing to attend a seminar on sexual harassment is a hero, and campaign finance reform is unacceptable given the Court's classification of campaign contributions as a form of free speech; apparently to be "an Authentic American" you have to believe that individual freedom trumps all other values. Hentoff should be praised for promoting the Bill of Rights, but should be reminded that there is more to the Constitution and to social life. (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 1998)
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  • Civil rights
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how to be an authentic American
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Living the Bill of Rights : how to be an authentic American, Nat Hentoff
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First edition.
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xvii, 236 pages
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9780060190101
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98018017
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Label
Living the Bill of Rights : how to be an authentic American, Nat Hentoff
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
326710
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 236 pages
Isbn
9780060190101
Lccn
98018017
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780060190101
  • (Sirsi) ABR-1701

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