Blogs tagged "democracy"

Democracy in the Poetry of Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes

Statue of Liberty National Monument
O, yes, I say it plain, American never was America to me, And yet I swear this oath— America will be!From “Let America Be America Again”Read More »
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Alexis de Tocqueville’s Warning: The Tyranny of the Majority

“First Blood.” This 1812 political cartoon shows the warring Federalists and Rep
A French aristocrat visits Jacksonian AmericaIn 1831, an ambitious and unusually perceptive twenty-five-year-old French aristocrat, Alexis de Tocqueville, visited the United States. His nine-month sojourn led to the writing of Democracy in America, universally regarded as one of the most influential books ever written.Read More »
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Getting Ready to Teach “Twelve Years a Slave” and the Slave Narrative Tradition

For anyone who thinks that they know slavery—you read that book and you do a double take. It was just stunning to me that I'd never known about it. In fact, the majority of the people who I spoke to about the story had no idea about it. I was like, How did I not know about this book?— Interview with filmmaker Steve McQueenRead More »
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Voices of Democracy: A Resource for Teachers

J. Michael Hogan is Liberal Arts Research Professor and Director of the Center for Democratic Deliberation at Penn State University. He is one of the founders and co-directors of Voices of Democracy: The U.S. Oratory Project.Read More »
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Let Freedom Ring! Democracy in the poetry of Hughes and Whitman

EDSITEment’s Walt Whitman to Langston Hughes: Poems for a Democracy considers if there is such a thing as ‘a democratic poem.” It’s a good question. Can the spirit and fervor and idealism of our democratic principles, hard won over and over again through conflict, war, sacrifice, and death be captured within the confines of poem?Read More »
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