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Publication Date: 1968-Sep
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Human Rights: Unfolding of the American Tradition. Report No. 8403.
Bureau of Public Affairs (Dept. of State), Washington, DC.
Excerpts from 100 speeches, essays, and legal documents dating from classical times to the present illustrate the record of human rights discussion over the centuries. The compilation was made in 1968 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The readings indicate that human rights initially meant freedom from a monarch's tyranny; later, that no executive or legislature could take away inalienable rights of the individual. In the 20th century, human rights are seen to include economic, social, and cultural rights, as well as civil and political ones. The readings are divided into five categories. "Classical Origins" includes statements from Pericles, Plato, and Cicero. "The European Background" contains excerpts from documents such as Magna Carta, English Bill of Rights, and French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. Authors such as John Milton and Jean Jacques Rousseau are quoted, also. "The American Tradition, 1606-1853" is documented by Patrick Henry, Ralph Waldo Emerson, First Charter of Virginia, and The Declaration of Sentiments of the American Anti-Slavery Society. A. Lincoln, F. D. Roosevelt, and J. F. Kennedy are quoted in "Toward Realization: The United States, 1863-1968.""Toward Universal Fulfillment: The United Nations, 1942-1968" includes quotations from John Foster Dulles, Adlai Stevenson, and The Declaration on Population by World Leaders. (AV)
Descriptors: Anthologies, Civil Liberties, Classical Literature, Global Approach, Literature, Political Attitudes, Primary Sources, United States History, Western Civilization, World History
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 ($1.00 paperback)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Public Affairs (Dept. of State), Washington, DC.
Note: This booklet was compiled by the Historical Office, Department of State