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Is This America

Author : Ron Eyerman
ISBN : 9781477305478
Genre : Social Science
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From police on the street, to the mayor of New Orleans and FEMA administrators, government officials monumentally failed to protect the most vulnerable residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast during the Katrina disaster. This violation of the social contract undermined the foundational narratives and myths of the American nation and spawned a profound, often contentious public debate over the meaning of Katrina’s devastation. A wide range of voices and images attempted to clarify what happened, name those responsible, identify the victims, and decide what should be done. This debate took place in forums ranging from mass media and the political arena to the arts and popular culture, as various narratives emerged and competed to tell the story of Katrina. Is This America? explores how Katrina has been constructed as a cultural trauma in print media, the arts and popular culture, and television coverage. Using stories told by the New York Times, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Time, Newsweek, NBC, and CNN, as well as the works of artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and graphic designers, Ron Eyerman analyzes how these narratives publicly articulated collective pain and loss. He demonstrates that, by exposing a foundational racial cleavage in American society, these expressions of cultural trauma turned individual experiences of suffering during Katrina into a national debate about the failure of the white majority in the United States to care about the black minority.

Black America Not In This America

Author : James Calloway
ISBN : 1462868576
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Black America, Not in This America is the foundation for ushering in a new era of Black Society. One built upon hope and inspiration instead of despair and hatred. My own narrated life story coincides with and sheds contemporary, light upon the trials and tribulations, as well the dreams and aspirations of the Black community as a whole. It contains the blueprint for the resurrection of the Black American population. That brings forth and lays bare the many silent epidemics facing America. Ignorance, crime, drugs, black on black crime, lack of positive role models, lack of education, hope and will power.

Is This America The Denial Of Due Process To Asylum Seekers In The United States

Author : Lawyers Committee for Human Rights
ISBN : OCLC:822544962
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Since 400 years ago, the United States has served as a refuge for those fleeing persecution. After World War II, when America and so many other nations failed to protect many refugees from Nazi persecution, the United States led the effort to establish universally recognized human rights, including "the right to seek and enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution". Althought these international principles did not require countries to grant asylum, countries were prohibited from returning refugees to places where they would face persecution. Changes to American immigration law passed by Congress in 1996 have severely underminded the ability of genuine refugees to seek asylum here and have led to the mistaken return of refugees facing persecution in their home countries. Before these changes, American law largely honored its obligation to give refugees a fair opportunity to present an asylum claim and its obligation not to return legitimate refugees back to their persecutors. But under the new system of "expedited removal", a uniformed enforcement officer of the Immigration and Naturalizaton Service (INS) - as opposed to a specially trained immigration judge - can turn a refugee back at the airport or border crossing without due process and without meaningful review. The proceedings are conducted so swiftly that mistakes are inevitable, and those who are removed are barred from reentering the United States for five years. (Adapted from the executive summary and recommendations).

This Is Not America

Author : Alan Friedman
ISBN : 9781785902987
Genre : Political Science
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What has happened to America, and what's become of the American dream? Behind the self-confident image of world's most influential country, we now see a nation tearing itself apart. The United States may be arguably the world's only superpower, but its internal tensions are a symptom of suffering and division, a condition only exacerbated by the election of President Donald Trump. In this searing account, expatriate journalist Alan Friedman returns after thirty years in Europe and examines the real America through the mouths of its citizens. Set against the backdrop of the 2016 presidential election campaign and the inauguration of President Trump, Friedman tells a vivid story of terrible inequality - from the excesses of Wall Street to the grinding poverty of Mississippi - and explores the issues, from racism and gun control to Obamacare, that have polarised a nation. Drawing on his personal interviews with Trump and with Russia's President Putin, Friedman paints a detailed portrait of the new leader of the free world and explores the real risks of the Trump presidency for America and for the world. Dark and provocative, This Is Not America may just be the most important book of the year.

Child Poverty In America Today Health And Medical Care

Author : Barbara A. Arrighi
ISBN : 0275989283
Genre : Child welfare
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Since the numbers of poor children have risen following welfare reform, a changing economy, and a lengthy recession, the time is ripe for a collection on child poverty.

This America Of Ours

Author : Gabriela Mistral
ISBN : 0292778600
Genre : Literary Collections
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Gabriela Mistral and Victoria Ocampo were the two most influential and respected women writers of twentieth-century Latin America. Mistral, a plain, self-educated Chilean woman of the mountains who was a poet, journalist, and educator, became Latin America's first Nobel Laureate in 1945. Ocampo, a stunning Argentine woman of wealth, wrote hundreds of essays and founded the first-rate literary journal Sur. Though of very different backgrounds, their deep commitment to what they felt was "their" America forged a unique intellectual and emotional bond between them. This collection of the previously unpublished correspondence between Mistral and Ocampo reveals the private side of two very public women. In these letters (as well as in essays that are included in an appendix), we see what Mistral and Ocampo thought about each other and about the intellectual and political atmosphere of their time (including the Spanish Civil War, World War II, and the dictatorships of Latin America) and particularly how they negotiated the complex issues of identity, nationality, and gender within their wide-ranging cultural connections to both the Americas and Europe.

New Strangers In Paradise

Author : Gilbert H. Muller
ISBN : 0813121345
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"Examining the groups of immigrants in the cultural and historical context both of America and of the lands from which they originated, Muller argues that this "fourth wave" of immigration has led to a creative flowering in modern fiction. The book offers a fresh perspective on the writings of Vladimir Nabokov, Saul Bellow, William Styron, Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Oscar Hijuelos, Jamaica Kincaid, Bharati Mukherjee, Rudolfo Anaya, and many others. These writers, Muller claims, are nation builders who have transformed and continue to change our national mythology as well as the literary canon."--BOOK JACKET.

Many Minds One Heart

Author : Wesley C. Hogan
ISBN : 9780807867891
Genre : History
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How did the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee break open the caste system in the American South between 1960 and 1965? In this innovative study, Wesley Hogan explores what SNCC accomplished and, more important, how it fostered significant social change in such a short time. She offers new insights into the internal dynamics of SNCC as well as the workings of the larger civil rights and Black Power movement of which it was a part. As Hogan chronicles, the members of SNCC created some of the civil rights movement's boldest experiments in freedom, including the sit-ins of 1960, the rejuvenated Freedom Rides of 1961, and grassroots democracy projects in Georgia and Mississippi. She highlights several key players--including Charles Sherrod, Bob Moses, and Fannie Lou Hamer--as innovators of grassroots activism and democratic practice. Breaking new ground, Hogan shows how SNCC laid the foundation for the emergence of the New Left and created new definitions of political leadership during the civil rights and Vietnam eras. She traces the ways other social movements--such as Black Power, women's liberation, and the antiwar movement--adapted practices developed within SNCC to apply to their particular causes. Many Minds, One Heart ultimately reframes the movement and asks us to look anew at where America stands on justice and equality today.

Invisible Enemy

Author : Greta de Jong
ISBN : 9781444320831
Genre : History
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This highly accessible account of the evolution of American racism outlines how ‘colorblind’ approaches to discrimination ensured the perpetuation of racial inequality in the United States well beyond the 1960s. A highly accessible account of the evolution of American racism, its perpetuation, and black people’s struggles for equality in the post-civil rights era Guides students to a better understanding of the experiences of black Americans and their ongoing struggles for justice, by highlighting the interconnectedness of African American history with that of the nation as a whole Highlights the economic and political functions that racism has served throughout the nation’s history Discusses the continuation of the freedom movement beyond the 1960s to provide a comprehensive new historiography of racial equality and social justice

Say It Plain

Author : Catherine Ellis
ISBN : 9781595587435
Genre : Social Science
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Say It Plain is a vivid, moving portrait of how black Americans have sounded the charge against injustice, exhorting the country to live up to its democratic principles. In “full-throated public oratory, the kind that can stir the soul” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), this unique anthology collects the transcribed speeches of the twentieth century’s leading African American cultural, literary, and political figures, many of them never before available in printed form. From an 1895 speech by Booker T. Washington to Julian Bond’s harp assessment of school segregation on the fiftieth anniversary of Brown v. Board in 2004, the collection captures a powerful tradition of oratory—by political activists, civil rights organizers, celebrities, and religious leaders—going back more than a century. The paperback edition includes the text of each speech along with an introduction placing it in its historical context. Say It Plain is a remarkable historical record—from the back-to-Africa movement to the civil rights era and the rise of black nationalism and beyond—riveting in its power to convey the black freedom struggle.

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