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“Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free men.”  -Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

 

Professor Michael Krasner

The Taft Institute for Government and Let's Talk Democracy

READING LIST - TOWARD A MORE PERFECT UNION: MAKIG YOUR VOICE HEARD

Democracy—The Constitution and Civil Liberties

  • Charles Beard, AN ECONOMIC INTERPRETATION OF THE CONSTITUTION
  • Forrest McDonald, WE THE PEOPLE
  • Robert Dahl, A PREFACE TO DEMOCRATIC THEORY
  • Charlie Savage, POWER WARS
  • Jeremy Scahill, DIRTY WARS (ALSO A FILM)
  • Akhil Reed Amar, THE CONSTITUTION TODAY
  • Anthony Lewis, FREEDOM FOR THE THOUGHT WE HATE
  • Jane Mayer, THE DARK SIDE

The Trend Toward Oligarchy in the U.S.A.

  • Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, IT’S EVEN WORSE THAN IT LOOKS
  • Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson, WINNER-TAKE-ALL POLITICS
  • Jane Mayer, DARK MONEY
  • Benjamin Page and Martin Gillens, DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA
  • Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page, “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens”   VIEW ARTICLE

Understanding 2016

  • Jane Mayer, “The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency,” The New Yorker, March 27, 2017
  • J.D. Vance, HILLBILLY ELEGY
  • *Arlie Russell Hochschild, STRANGERS IN THEIR OWN LAND
  • Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, SHATTERED
  • Katherine Cramer, THE POLITICS OF RESENTMENT
  • Kurt Anderson, FANTASYLAND
  • Michael Kimmel, ANGRY WHITE MEN
  • Bethany Albertson and Shana Kushner Gadarian, ANXIOUS POLITICS
  • Michael Tesler, POST-RACIAL OR MOST-RACIAL

The Future

  • E.J. Dionne, Thomas Mann, and Norman Ornstein, ONE NATION AFTER TRUMP
  • Naomi Klein, NO IS NOT ENOUGH
  • David Cole  and Melanie Wachtell Stinnett, RULES FOR RESISTANCE
  • Bernie Sanders, OUR REVOLUTION
  • Markos Moulitsas and Michael Huttner, THE RESISTANCE HANDBOOK
  • Laura Ingram, BILLIONAIRE AT THE BARRICADES
  • Ann Coulter, IN TRUMP WE TRUST

Constitutition of the United States

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Read the full TRANSCRIPT at the National Archives.


The U.S. Bill of Rights

Constitutional Amendments 1-10 make up what is known as The Bill of Rights. Amendments 11-27 are listed after.

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The Universal Declaraton of Human Rights

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, drafted by representatives from around the world, was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. As the chair of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Eleanor Roosevelt was the driving force in creating the 1948 charter of liberties which will always be her legacy.