the American democracy hinges on balancing the rights of the individual-”the citizen”-with justice for all. Yet the concepts of rights and justice have historically been contested and challenged. Which right for whose justice?
Select two readings assigned for the class (excluding the federalist papers, the declaration of independence, and the US constitution) and explain how the each author defines these concepts. Describe how they are challenging the other definitions of rights and justice. you must cite the readings in your answer.
Finally apply their differing perspectives on rights and justice to a modern day political issue. if they were alive today, what would each of them say about this issue and why? Be sure to address the role of race, ethnicity, religion, class, sexuality, and gender in your answer.
Stanton, “address at Seneca falls”(1848)
“Seneca falls declaration of sentiments and resolutions”(1848)
Sojourner Truth, aren’t I a Woman,
Douglass, “what to the slave is the fourth of july”(1852)
Dred Scott v. Sanford(1857)
Zinn, A people’s history of the United states,
Line, persons of means and vile condition
Jane Addams, civic cooperation
John Dewey, the search for the great community
Marx and Engels, “ The Manifesto of Communist party”(1848)
Wells, “A red record”(1895)
Summer, “what the social classes ower to each other(1883)
Roosevelt, “commonwealth club address