We the People

Author: Benjamin Ginsberg,Theodore J. Lowi,Margaret Weir,Caroline J. Tolbert

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780393283631

Category: Political Science

Page: 760

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Politics is relevant and participation matters.

We the People, Volume 2


Author: Bruce Ackerman

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674003977

Category: History

Page: 528

View: 8068

Volume 3, Publisher description: The Civil Rights Revolution carries Bruce Ackerman's sweeping reinterpretation of constitutional history into the era beginning with Brown v. Board of Education. From Rosa Parks's courageous defiance, to Martin Luther King's resounding cadences in "I Have a Dream," to Lyndon Johnson's leadership of Congress, to the Supreme Court's decisions redefining the meaning of equality, the movement to end racial discrimination decisively changed our understanding of the Constitution. Ackerman anchors his discussion in the landmark statutes of the 1960s: the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Challenging conventional legal analysis and arguing instead that constitutional politics won the day, he describes the complex interactions among branches of government--and also between government and the ordinary people who participated in the struggle. He showcases leaders such as Everett Dirksen, Hubert Humphrey, and Richard Nixon who insisted on real change, not just formal equality, for blacks and other minorities. The Civil Rights Revolution transformed the Constitution, but not through judicial activism or Article V amendments. The breakthrough was the passage of laws that ended the institutionalized humiliations of Jim Crow and ensured equal rights at work, in schools, and in the voting booth. This legislation gained congressional approval only because of the mobilized support of the American people--and their principles deserve a central place in the nation's history. Ackerman's arguments are especially important at a time when the Roberts Court is actively undermining major achievements of America' Second Reconstruction.

We the People

The Story of Our Constitution

Author: Lynne Cheney

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1442429151

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

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Now in paperback, Lynne Cheney’s New York Times bestselling illustrated history of how the Constitution came to be. “I am mortified beyond expression when I view the clouds which have spread over the brightest morn that ever dawned upon any country.” —George Washington America had won the Revolution, but our troubles were far from over. The thirteen states were squabbling, the country could not pay its bills, and in Massachusetts farmers had taken up arms against the government. Was our country, which had fought so hard for its independence, going to survive? In May 1787 delegates from across the country—including George Washington, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin—gathered in Philadelphia and, meeting over the course of a sweltering summer, created a new framework for governing: the Constitution of the United States. Their efforts turned a shaky alliance of states into a nation that would prosper and grow powerful, drawing its strength for centuries to come from “We the people” and inspiring hope for freedom around the world. Now in paperback for the first time, this richly illustrated tale of a crucial point in our nation’s history will enthrall readers young and old.

We the People - Building a New Democracy in Nigeria As a Model for Africa

Author: Prof Peter Uchenna Nwangwu

Publisher: Prof. Peter U. Nwangwu Pharm.D., PH.D.

ISBN: 9780997956603


Page: N.A

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WE THE PEOPLE, is the product of a fine team of 18 distinguished authors who live in four different countries of the world; Nigeria, the United States of America, Britain and France. Nigerians at home and in the diaspora, women and men, young and old, Christians and Muslims, from many professional backgrounds and every geo-political zone in Nigeria, participated in writing this book; therefore, the central message and truths documented in this book is not the opinion of one man, but is the collective wisdom and opinion of WE THE PEOPLE of Nigeria. Nigeria has suffered enough setbacks and abuse as a nation from bad leaders. Nigerians as a people have suffered enough deprivation, social injustice, government-induced poverty, insecurity, lawlessness and disrespect through bad and corrupt leadership. The government and people of Nigeria have a Constitution, for the purpose of promoting the good governance and welfare of all persons in our country, on the principles of freedom, equality and justice, and for the purpose of consolidating the unity of our people. Every Nigerian president swears an oath to uphold, defend and implement the Constitution of Nigeria, the highest law in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, but every Nigerian president has violated directives of the Nigerian Constitution on how to treat WE THE PEOPLE of Nigeria. Everybody blames leadership for the deplorable state of Nigeria. There is no question that years of bad leadership has inflicted great injuries on the nation. However, those bad leaders were elected into office by bad Nigerians who voted along tribal and religious lines, or on the basis of who gave them the most money to vote for them. WE THE PEOPLE of Nigeria are therefore largely responsible for all the problems in Nigeria. But the problems with WE THE PEOPLE of Nigeria goes much more beyond the reckless mistakes they make when they vote bad people into office as their leaders. Most present day WE THE PEOPLE of Nigeria are corrupt, lawless, unpatriotic, prejudiced along tribal and religious lines, selfish and self-centered. These vices are a great burden to the nation. This book has been written to educate WE THE PEOPLE of Nigeria. Through education and dissemination of the facts we will change the mindset and create a new breed of WE THE PEOPLE of Nigeria. The WE THE PEOPLE movement, is the only hope of salvation and transformation for Nigeria. Individual repentance from corruption, lawlessness, reckless behavior, and prejudice along tribal and religious lines is the beginning of salvation and transformation for Nigeria. We need a new breed of WE THE PEOPLE of Nigeria. Eventually, we shall attain the critical mass required to clean up Nigeria from bottom to top. Only a clean bottom can create a clean top. The WE THE PEOPLE movement seeks to grow a new breed of WE THE PEOPLE of Nigeria that cuts across tribal, religious, and political inclinations; men and women of all ages and economic status who will commit to doing the right things in their daily lives, free from corrupt tendencies. Eventually, a clean bottom will lead to a clean top, as WE THE PEOPLE use the power of our votes to select clean men and women of integrity for leadership positions nationwide, as we take back our country from corrupt politicians and leaders who abuse WE THE PEOPLE. Additional Details are provided, including how to become a member of the WE THE PEOPLE movement. We have registered a non-governmental organization (NGO), "THE PEOPLE'S GRASSROOTS ASSOCIATION FOR A CORRUPTION-FREE NIGERIA." Our goal is to raise 50 million united Nigerians of every tribe and religion, men and women, young and old, from every ward, every local government, every state, every geo-political zone of Nigeria through a potent nationwide movement that will include proper and careful exercise of our voting rights to elect honest, decent, intellectuals with integrity as leaders and legislatures for a new and transformed Nigeria of our dreams.

We the People, Volume 3

The Civil Rights Revolution

Author: Bruce Ackerman

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 067441649X

Category: Law

Page: 432

View: 5709

The Civil Rights Revolution carries Bruce Ackerman's sweeping reinterpretation of constitutional history into the era beginning with Brown v Board of Education. Laws that ended Jim Crow and ensured equal rights at work, in schools, and in the voting booth gained congressional approval only after the American people mobilized their support.

We the People

The Modern-Day Figures Who Have Reshaped and Affirmed the Founding Fathers' Vision of America

Author: Juan Williams

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0307952053

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

View: 4151

Prize-winning journalist, bestselling author, and Fox political analyst Juan Williams takes readers into the life and work of a new generation of American Founders, from Rev. Billy Graham to Martin Luther King, Jr., who honor the original Founders' vision, even as they have quietly led revolutions in American politics, immigration, economics, sexual behavior, and reshaped the landscape of the nation. What would the Founding Fathers think about America today? Over 200 years ago the Founders broke away from the tyranny of the British Empire to build a nation based on the principles of freedom, equal rights, and opportunity for all men. But life in the United States today is vastly different from anything the original Founders could have imagined in the late 1700s. The notion of an African-American president of the United States, or a woman such as Condoleezza Rice or Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, would have been unimaginable to the men who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, or who ratified the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. Among the modern-day pioneers Williams writes about in this compelling new book are the passionate conservative President Reagan; the determined fighters for equal rights, Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King, Jr.; the profound imprint of Rev. Billy Graham's evangelism on national politics; the focus on global human rights advocated by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt; the leaders of the gay community who refused to back down during the Stonewall Riots and brought gay life into America's public square; the re-imagined role of women in contemporary life as shaped by Betty Friedan. Williams reveals how each of these modern-day founders has extended the Founding Fathers original vision and changed fundamental aspects of our country, from immigration, to the role of American labor in the economy, from modern police strategies, to the importance of religion in our political discourse. America in the 21st Century remains rooted in the Great American experiment in democracy that began in 1776. For all the changes our economy and our cultural and demographic make-up, there remains a straight line from the first Founders' original vision, to the principles and ideals of today's courageous modern day pioneers.

Our Republican Constitution

Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People

Author: Randy E. Barnett

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062412302

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

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A concise history of the long struggle between two fundamentally opposing constitutional traditions, from one of the nation’s leading constitutional scholars—a manifesto for renewing our constitutional republic. The Constitution of the United States begins with the words: “We the People.” But from the earliest days of the American republic, there have been two competing notions of “the People,” which lead to two very different visions of the Constitution. Those who view “We the People” collectively think popular sovereignty resides in the people as a group, which leads them to favor a “democratic” constitution that allows the “will of the people” to be expressed by majority rule. In contrast, those who think popular sovereignty resides in the people as individuals contend that a “republican” constitution is needed to secure the pre-existing inalienable rights of “We the People,” each and every one, against abuses by the majority. In Our Republican Constitution, renowned legal scholar Randy E. Barnett tells the fascinating story of how this debate arose shortly after the Revolution, leading to the adoption of a new and innovative “republican” constitution; and how the struggle over slavery led to its completion by a newly formed Republican Party. Yet soon thereafter, progressive academics and activists urged the courts to remake our Republican Constitution into a democratic one by ignoring key passes of its text. Eventually, the courts complied. Drawing from his deep knowledge of constitutional law and history, as well as his experience litigating on behalf of medical marijuana and against Obamacare, Barnett explains why “We the People” would greatly benefit from the renewal of our Republican Constitution, and how this can be accomplished in the courts and the political arena.

We, the People of Europe?

Reflections on Transnational Citizenship

Author: Étienne Balibar

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400825783

Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

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étienne Balibar has been one of Europe's most important philosophical and political thinkers since the 1960s. His work has been vastly influential on both sides of the Atlantic throughout the humanities and the social sciences. In We, the People of Europe?, he expands on themes raised in his previous works to offer a trenchant and eloquently written analysis of "transnational citizenship" from the perspective of contemporary Europe. Balibar moves deftly from state theory, national sovereignty, and debates on multiculturalism and European racism, toward imagining a more democratic and less state-centered European citizenship. Although European unification has progressively divorced the concepts of citizenship and nationhood, this process has met with formidable obstacles. While Balibar seeks a deep understanding of this critical conjuncture, he goes beyond theoretical issues. For example, he examines the emergence, alongside the formal aspects of European citizenship, of a "European apartheid," or the reduplication of external borders in the form of "internal borders" nurtured by dubious notions of national and racial identity. He argues for the democratization of how immigrants and minorities in general are treated by the modern democratic state, and the need to reinvent what it means to be a citizen in an increasingly multicultural, diversified world. A major new work by a renowned theorist, We, the People of Europe? offers a far-reaching alternative to the usual framing of multicultural debates in the United States while also engaging with these debates.

We the People

A Call to Take Back America

Author: Thom Hartmann,Neil Cohn,Gene Latimer,Paul Burke

Publisher: Coreway Media

ISBN: 9781882109388

Category: Political Science

Page: 205

View: 3552

America's remarkable 230-year experiment in republican democracy is in grave danger. Its inspired vision and values have been corrupted, and the government is increasingly alienating both its own citizens and its global neighbors. Thom Hartmann -- our contemporary Thomas Paine -- clearly articulates the magnitude of the threat, while unveiling how we got here and offering specific, practical steps for restoring our beloved democracy.

We the Kids

The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States

Author: David Catrow

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0142402761

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 7950

Presents an illustrated version of the preamble to the Constitution of the United States.

We the People

Author: Leo Huberman

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1583674845

Category: History

Page: 388

View: 7338

Handbook for We the People

A Primer on Strict Construction of the Constitution

Author: Bobby Hilliard

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692666081


Page: 248

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This book teaches what most other books on this subject fail to teach. A strict construction understanding of the Constitution is eye-opening. It is not common knowledge, but should be. Most of what has been taught and promoted in the past is contrary to the founders' intentions. This approach uses only original source documents in order to get the most authoritative meanings in the Constitution as the founders intended.

We the People

Stories from the Community Rights Movement in the United States

Author: Anneke Campbell,Thomas Linzey

Publisher: PM Press

ISBN: 1629633143

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

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We the People offers powerful portraits of communities across the United States that have faced threats from environmentally destructive corporate projects and responded by successfully banning those projects at a local level. We hear the inspiring voices of ordinary citizens and activists practicing a cutting-edge form of organizing developed by the nonprofit law firm, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). Their methodology is an answer for the frustrations of untold numbers of activists who have been defeated time and again by corporate political power and legal entitlement. Instead of fighting against what we don't want, this book can teach us to create from the ground up what we do want, basing our vision in local control and law. This work is about finishing the American Revolution by giving up the illusion of democracy and forging a system of true self-governance. In addition, this is about recognizing in law, for the first time in history, that nature possesses legally enforceable rights of its own.

We the People

Consenting to a Deeper Democracy : a Guide to Sociocratic Principles and Methods

Author: John A. Buck,Sharon Villines

Publisher: Sociocracy.Info Press

ISBN: 9780979282706

Category: Law

Page: 277

View: 8907

"We the People" describes a new method of governing that creates more inclusive and efficient organizations. Sociocracy ensures the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to everyone, and in the process, makes businesses more profitable and non-profit organizations more effective.

A More Perfect Union

What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties

Author: Ben Carson, M.D.,Candy Carson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698195000

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

View: 8296

Dear Reader, Many people have wondered why I’ve been speaking out on controversial issues for the last few years. They say I’ve never held political office. I’m not a constitutional scholar. I’m not even a lawyer. All I can say to that is “Guilty as charged.” It’s true that I’ve never voted for a budget America could not afford. I’ve never raised anyone’s taxes. And I’ve never promised a lobbyist anything in exchange for a donation. Luckily, none of that really matters. Our founding fathers didn’t want a permanent governing class of professional politicians. They wanted a republic, in Lincoln’s words, "of the people, by the people, and for the people." A country where any farmer, small-business owner, manual laborer, or doctor could speak up and make a difference. I believe that making a difference starts with understanding our amazing founding document, the U.S. Constitution. And as someone who has performed brain surgery thousands of times, I can assure you that the Constitution isn’t brain surgery. The founders wrote it for ordinary men and women, in clear, precise, simple language. They intentionally made it short enough to read in a single sitting and to carry in your pocket. I wrote this book to encourage every citizen to read and think about the Constitution, and to help defend it from those who misinterpret and undermine it. In our age of political correctness it’s especially important to defend the Bill of Rights, which guarantees our freedom to speak, bear arms, practice our religion, and much more. The Constitution isn’t history—it’s about your life in America today. And defending it is about what kind of country our children and grandchildren will inherit. I hope you’ll enjoy learning about the fascinating ways that the founders established the greatest democracy in history—and the ways that recent presidents, congresses, and courts have threatened that democracy. As the Preamble says, the purpose of the Constitution is to create a more perfect union. My goal is to empower you to help protect that union and secure the blessings of liberty. Sincerely, Ben Carson

We the People

Your Constitution in Action

Author: Pamela Marx

Publisher: Good Year Books

ISBN: 1596472936

Category: Education

Page: 96

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Introduce students to each part of the Constitution by means of two-page activity sheets: a "Read-and-Answer" page that prompts them to find answers as they scour the Constitution's articles and amendments, and a "Take Another Look" page that helps students develop the skills of thinking citizens through activities such as debating important issues, researching today's leaders, and more. A final "You Be the Judge" chapter poses three legal cases relating to different parts of the Constitution. After students write their opinions, they read the Supreme Court's decision on a similar case. The full text of the Constitution is included. Grades 5-9. Suggested resources. Answer key. Good Year Books. 91 pages.

We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution High School

Author: N.A

Publisher: Center for Civic Education

ISBN: 9780898183160


Page: N.A

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We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is a nationally acclaimed program focusing on the history and principles of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights for upper elementary, middle, and high school students. The We the People curriculum not only enhances students' understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy, it also helps them to identify the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Critical thinking exercises, problem-solving activities, and cooperative learning techniques help develop participatory skills necessary for students to become active, responsible citizens.

We the Media

Grassroots Journalism By the People, For the People

Author: Dan Gillmor

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 0596102275

Category: Computers

Page: 301

View: 2876

Not content to accept the news as reported, grassroots journalists are publishing in real time to a worldwide audience via the Internet. The impact of their work is just beginning to be felt by professional journalists and the newsmakers they cover. Dan Gillmor tells the story of this phenomenon.