The Ethnic Moment The Search for Equality in the American Experience

Author: Philip L. Fetzer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315479591
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This anthology focuses on the experiences of Americans whose lives have been strongly affected by the pursuit of equality in areas such as politcs, law, education and government. Each of the autobiographical essays gives voice to the writer's first personal experience of inequality.

Beating the Odds A Teen Guide to 75 Superstars Who Overcame Adversity

Author: Mary Ellen Snodgrass
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313345651
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Many famous people have overcome difficult circumstances and gone on to become successful in their fields. This book profiles the lives of 75 courageous and persistent people who have triumphed over adversity. These individuals have conquered a range of problems, including physical, psychological, social, and economic handicaps. Individuals profiled come from a range of professions and reflect battles against religious prejudice, medical conditions, eating disorders, poverty, and other social ills. Among the people profiled are Mitch Albom, Hillary Clinton, Magic Johnson, Stephen King, Greg Louganis, and Henry Winkler. The volume includes an historical timeline, a list of relevant films documenting the achievements of these superstars, and a general bibliography. Some of the most successful people in our society have overcome great odds in order to achieve their dreams. Through courage and persistence, they have triumphed over a range of adversities and serve as models for students faced with similar circumstances. This book profiles the struggles and accomplishments of 75 such individuals from all walks of life. Each entry highlights the physical, psychological, social, or economic struggles of the person and discusses how the person won their battle against adversity. Among the individuals profiled are: Mitch Albom, Roseanne Barr, Sandra Cisneros, Hillary Clinton, Pat Conroy, Michael J. Fox, Magic Johnson, Stephen King, Greg Louganis, Jessica Lynch, Colin Powell, Salman Rushdie, Martin Sheen, Henry Winkler, and many more. The volume closes with an historical timeline, a list of films related to the achievements of these superstars, and a general bibliography. In addition to inspiring students to succeed against all odds, the book promotes respect for diversity and explores a host of social issues related to religious prejudice, eating disorders, medical conditions, poverty, and other concerns.

Quixote s Soldiers

Author: David Montejano
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ISBN:
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In the mid-1960s, San Antonio, Texas, was a segregated city governed by an entrenched Anglo social and business elite. The Mexican American barrios of the west and south sides were characterized by substandard housing and experienced seasonal flooding. Gang warfare broke out regularly. Then the striking farmworkers of South Texas marched through the city and set off a social movement that transformed the barrios and ultimately brought down the old Anglo oligarchy. In Quixote's Soldiers, David Montejano uses a wealth of previously untapped sources, including the congressional papers of Henry B. Gonzalez, to present an intriguing and highly readable account of this turbulent period. Montejano divides the narrative into three parts. In the first part, he recounts how college student activists and politicized social workers mobilized barrio youth and mounted an aggressive challenge to both Anglo and Mexican American political elites. In the second part, Montejano looks at the dynamic evolution of the Chicano movement and the emergence of clear gender and class distinctions as women and ex-gang youth struggled to gain recognition as serious political actors. In the final part, Montejano analyzes the failures and successes of movement politics. He describes the work of second-generation movement organizations that made possible a new and more representative political order, symbolized by the election of Mayor Henry Cisneros in 1981.

The American Democracy

Author: Thomas E. Patterson
Publisher: McGraw-Hill College
ISBN: 9780073034065
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This comprehensive text is known for its exciting writing style and its positive, forward-looking presentation of the latest developments in scholarship and real-life politics. Through the use of engaging narrative, "The American Democracy" weaves together theory, information, and examples in ways that highlight key points, make them easy to understand, and capture readers' interest..

Affirmative Action

Author: Jo Ann Robinson
Publisher: Greenwood
ISBN:
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An anthology of primary documents for high-school and college students who are studying or debating the issues of affirmative action in race, gender, or disability in America, dating from 1854 to 2000.