American Values

American Values

American Values

With rich detail, compelling honesty, and a storyteller’s gift, RFK Jr. describes his life growing up Kennedy in a tumultuous time in history that eerily echoes the issues of nuclear confrontation, religion, race, and inequality that we confront today. “With emotion and striking detail, RFK Jr. recalls both the private joys and very public pain of his childhood.”— Independent Catholic News In this powerful book that combines the best aspects of memoir and political history, the third child of Attorney General Robert Kennedy and nephew of JFK takes us on an intimate journey through his life, including watershed moments in the history of our nation. Stories of his grandparents Joseph and Rose set the stage for their nine remarkable children, among them three U.S. senators—Teddy, Bobby, and Jack—one of whom went on to become attorney general, and the other, the president of the United States. We meet Allen Dulles and J. Edgar Hoover, two men whose agencies posed the principal threats to American democracy and values. We live through the Cuban Missile Crisis, when insubordinate spies and belligerent generals in the Pentagon and Moscow brought the world to the cliff edge of nuclear war. At Hickory Hill in Virginia, where RFK Jr. grew up, we encounter the celebrities who gathered at the second most famous address in Washington, members of what would later become known as America’s Camelot. Through his father’s role as attorney general we get an insider’s look as growing tensions over civil rights led to pitched battles in the streets and 16,000 federal troops were called in to enforce desegregation at Ole Miss. We see growing pressure to fight wars in Southeast Asia to stop communism. We relive the assassination of JFK, RFK’s run for the presidency that was cut short by his own death, and the aftermath of those murders on the Kennedy family. RFK Jr. also shares his own experiences, not just with historical events and the movers who shaped them but also with his mother and father, with his own struggles with addiction, and with the ways he eventually made peace with both his Kennedy legacy and his own demons. A lyrically written book that provides insight, hope, and steady wisdom for Americans as they wrestle, as never before, with questions about America’s role in history and the world and what it means to be American.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author : Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Publisher : HarperCollins
Release : 2018-05-15
Total Pages : 464 Pages
ISBN : 9780062097705


Environmental Values In American Culture

Environmental Values In American Culture

How do Americans view environmental issues? This study by a team of cognitive anthropologists reveals similarities in the way different groups of Americans view environmental change, while also showing that Americans may have misunderstandings about these

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Genre : Science
Author : Willett Kempton
Publisher : MIT Press
Release : 1996
Total Pages : 320 Pages
ISBN : 0262611236


Race Incarceration And American Values

Race Incarceration And American Values

Why stigmatizing and confining a large segment of our population should be unacceptable to all Americans. The United States, home to five percent of the world's population, now houses twenty-five percent of the world's prison inmates. Our incarceration rate—at 714 per 100,000 residents and rising—is almost forty percent greater than our nearest competitors (the Bahamas, Belarus, and Russia). More pointedly, it is 6.2 times the Canadian rate and 12.3 times the rate in Japan. Economist Glenn Loury argues that this extraordinary mass incarceration is not a response to rising crime rates or a proud success of social policy. Instead, it is the product of a generation-old collective decision to become a more punitive society. He connects this policy to our history of racial oppression, showing that the punitive turn in American politics and culture emerged in the post-civil rights years and has today become the main vehicle for the reproduction of racial hierarchies. Whatever the explanation, Loury argues, the uncontroversial fact is that changes in our criminal justice system since the 1970s have created a nether class of Americans—vastly disproportionately black and brown—with severely restricted rights and life chances. Moreover, conservatives and liberals agree that the growth in our prison population has long passed the point of diminishing returns. Stigmatizing and confining of a large segment of our population should be unacceptable to Americans. Loury's call to action makes all of us now responsible for ensuring that the policy changes.

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Genre : Political Science
Author : Glenn C. Loury
Publisher : MIT Press
Release : 2008-08-22
Total Pages : 96 Pages
ISBN : 9780262260947


Core Values In American Life

Core Values In American Life

What values do Americans hold dear? What happens when real-world situations cause those values to conflict? To better understand the intellectual map of how American society works, Arthur G. Neal and Helen Youngelson-Neal analyze values prominent in American word and deed. These values appear in our nation's formal documents-rights and privileges prominently emphasized in the US Constitution and inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. They have shaped the historical destiny and, indeed, include those values most extensively propagated by the general population. Using these criteria, the authors identify individualism, the pursuit of happiness, freedom, consumerism, materialism, equality of opportunity, technology, mastery of the environment, quality of marriage, and national unity as the core American values. Core values provide the raw materials for the construction of contemporary society as a moral community, wherever that community is located. Such values are clusters of ideas that are central to self-identities; they generate a sense of collective belonging and membership. As such, core values define the existing social order and advance a set of ideas for depicting a desirable future. The analysis presented here helps us understand contemporary conflicts inherent in the American value system and the problems confronted by Americans as they try to live within the limitations and contradictions of value systems.

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Genre : Social Science
Author : Arthur Neal
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2017-09-29
Total Pages : 191 Pages
ISBN : 9781351525794


The Book Of American Values And Virtues

The Book Of American Values And Virtues

A wide-ranging collection of nearly 1000 quotations from stories, poems, speeches, documents, and other writings that celebrates the rich diversity of thoughts and opinions, hopes and dreams that have shaped our country.

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Genre : History
Author : Erik A. Bruun
Publisher : Black Dog & Leventhal Pub
Release : 1996
Total Pages : 624 Pages
ISBN : WISC:89058575978


America S Crisis Of Values

America S Crisis Of Values

Is America bitterly divided? Has America lost its traditional values? Many politicians and religious leaders believe so, as do the majority of Americans, based on public opinion polls taken over the past several years. But is this crisis of values real? This book explores the moral terrain of America today, analyzing the widely held perception that the nation is in moral decline. It looks at the question from a variety of angles, examining traditional values, secular values, religious values, family values, economic values, and others. Using unique data from the World Values Surveys, the largest systematic attempt ever made to document attitudes, values, and beliefs around the world, this book systematically evaluates the perceived crisis of values by comparing America's values with those of over 60 other nations. The results are surprising. The evidence shows overwhelmingly that America has not lost its traditional values, that the nation compares favorably with most other societies, and that the culture war is largely a myth. The gap between reality and perception does not represent mass ignorance of the facts or an overblown moral panic, Baker contends. Rather, the widespread perception of a crisis of values is a real and legitimate interpretation of life in a society that is in the middle of a fundamental transformation and that contains growing cultural contradictions. Instead of posing a problem, the author argues, this crisis rhetoric serves the valuable social function of reminding us of what it means to be American. As such, it preserves the ideological foundation of the nation.

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Genre : Social Science
Author : Wayne E. Baker
Publisher : Princeton University Press
Release : 2013-10-31
Total Pages : 328 Pages
ISBN : 9781400849628


The Hippies And American Values

The Hippies And American Values

Introduction; The Ethics of Dope; The Ethics of Sex; The Ethics of Rock; The Ethics of Community; The Ethics of Cultural Opposition; Legacy

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Genre : History
Author : Timothy Miller
Publisher : Univ. of Tennessee Press
Release : 1991
Total Pages : 181 Pages
ISBN : 0870496948


The Hippies And American Values

The Hippies And American Values

“Turn on, tune in, drop out,” Timothy Leary advised young people in the 1960s. And many did, creating a counterculture built on drugs, rock music, sexual liberation, and communal living. The hippies preached free love, promoted flower power, and cautioned against trusting anyone over thirty. Eschewing money, materialism, and politics, they repudiated the mainstream values of the times. Along the way, these counterculturists created a lasting legacy and inspired long-lasting social changes. The Hippies and American Values uses an innovative approach to exploring the tenets of the counterculture movement. Rather than relying on interviews conducted years after the fact, Timothy Miller uses “underground” newspapers published at the time to provide a full and in-depth exploration. This reliance on primary sources brings an immediacy and vibrancy rarely seen in other studies of the period. Miller focuses primarily on the cultural revolutionaries rather than on the political radicals of the New Left. It examines the hippies’ ethics of dope, sex, rock, community, and cultural opposition and surveys their effects on current American values. Filled with illustrations from alternative publications, along with posters, cartoons, and photographs, The Hippies and American Values provides a graphic look at America in the 1960s. This second edition features a new introduction and a thoroughly updated, well-documented text. Highly readable and engaging, this volume brings deep insight to the counterculture movement and the ways it changed America. The first edition became a widely used course-adoption favorite, and scholars and students of the 1960s will welcome the second edition of this thought-provoking book.

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Genre : History
Author : Timothy S. Miller
Publisher : Univ Tennessee Press
Release : 2011-12-19
Total Pages : 192 Pages
ISBN : 1572338172


American Values Decline

American Values Decline

This book identifies how certain core values have made our nation great and shows how these values are compatible with the rules for productive living of most of the religions of the world.

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Genre : Education
Author : William M. Fox
Publisher : Airleaf
Release : 2005
Total Pages : 438 Pages
ISBN : 1594535183


American Values In The Trump Era

American Values In The Trump Era

Donald J. Trump was elected president after promising to “make America great again,” but what is it that makes America great? The message implies that America was great at one time but is no longer great. One can assume that Trump wants to take us back to a time when white men were in charge, when businesses went unregulated, and when a woman’s place was in the home. Jim Boeglin argues against those ideas in this political treatise, urging Americans to recognize that the true greatness of America comes not from its balance sheet but from having a democratic form of government, a history of moral leadership, and values and traditions based on ethics, morality, and spiritual principles. America was great before Trump arrived on the scene, but it’s in danger of losing its greatness as he seeks to redefine freedom, equality, opportunity, truthfulness, civility, and more. Just as the 1930s were not normal times in Germany, these are not normal times in America. Find out how we can hold on to what truly makes us great with the insights and analysis in American Values in the Trump Era.

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Genre : Political Science
Author : Jim Boeglin
Publisher : Archway Publishing
Release : 2019-10-15
Total Pages : 138 Pages
ISBN : 9781480883505