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ERIC Number: EJ704137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Literature that Promotes Justice for All: Justice Is Indiscriminately Due to All, without Regard to Numbers, Wealth, or Rank
Sandmann, Alexa
Social Education, v68 n4 p254 May-Jun 2004
In the afterword of the re-released biography "Farewell to Manzanar," just months after September 11, 2001, the authors of the book comment that these attacks, seen by some as the Pearl Harbor of the twenty-first century, give Farewell to Manzanar a new timeliness. The authors observe that this is a dramatic change, one clearly in the tenor of what it means to be a democratic nation. However, this article asserts early responses to September 11 moved the nation to consider all Arabs a threat, just as the nation did with the Japanese in 1943, means that the nation still has issues of justice to address. The moral imperative of educators is to see all children as precious and recognize that they will inherit a world of baffling complexity. The nation's responsibility is to respect and support the dignity of the individual, the health of the community, and the common good of all. The article concludes that this responsibility demands that students be taught to recognize and respect the diversity that exists within the community. Recommended picture book biographies, nonfiction books, contemporary picture books, historical novels, contemporary novels, and poetry compilations are listed and corresponding writing activities are described. (Contains 16 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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