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Reclaiming American virtue : the human rights revolution of the 1970s

Author: Barbara J Keys
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The American commitment to international human rights emerged in the 1970s not as a logical outgrowth of American idealism but as a surprising response to national trauma, as Barbara Keys shows in this provocative history. Reclaiming American Virtue situates this novel enthusiasm as a reaction to the profound challenge of the Vietnam War and its tumultuous aftermath. Instead of looking inward for renewal, Americans  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara J Keys
ISBN: 9780674724853 0674724852
OCLC Number: 840460721
Description: 362 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The United States and the birth of universal human rights --
Civil rights and universal human rights --
Morality and the Vietnam War --
Right-wing dictatorships and liberal human rights appeals --
Senator Jackson, Soviet Jews, and anticommunist human rights --
Turning point: 1973 --
Kissinger and the origins of human rights diplomacy, 1974/1975 --
The human rights lobby --
Morality and human rights in the 1976 presidential campaign --
"We want to be proud again": the Carter years.
Responsibility: Barbara J. Keys.
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