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The Resource Reclaiming American virtue : the human rights revolution of the 1970s, Barbara J. Keys

Reclaiming American virtue : the human rights revolution of the 1970s, Barbara J. Keys

Label
Reclaiming American virtue : the human rights revolution of the 1970s
Title
Reclaiming American virtue
Title remainder
the human rights revolution of the 1970s
Statement of responsibility
Barbara J. Keys
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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 on the right and the left alike looked outward for ways to restore America's moral leadership. Conservatives took up the language of Soviet dissidents to resuscitate a Cold War narrative that pitted a virtuous United States against the evils of communism. Liberals sought moral cleansing by dissociating the United States from foreign malefactors, spotlighting abuses such as torture in Chile, South Korea, and other right-wing allies. When Jimmy Carter in 1977 made human rights a central tenet of American foreign policy, his administration struggled to reconcile these conflicting visions. Yet liberals and conservatives both saw human rights as a way of moving from guilt to pride. Less a critique of American power than a rehabilitation of it, human rights functioned for Americans as a sleight of hand that occluded from view much of America's recent past and confined the lessons of Vietnam to narrow parameters. It would be a small step from world's judge to world's policeman, and American intervention in the name of human rights would be a cause both liberals and conservatives could embrace
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Keys, Barbara J
Dewey number
323.0973/09047
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Human rights
  • Human rights advocacy
  • United States
Label
Reclaiming American virtue : the human rights revolution of the 1970s, Barbara J. Keys
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Introduction: enter human rights --The postwar marginality of universal human rights -- Managing civil rights at home -- The trauma of the Vietnam War -- The liberal critique of right-wing dictatorships -- The anticommunist embrace of human rights -- A new calculus emerges -- Insurgency on Capitol Hill -- The human rights lobby -- A moralist campaigns for president -- "We want to be proud again" -- Conclusion: universal human rights in American foreign policy
Control code
ocn871257472
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (362 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674726031
Level of compression
unknown
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)871257472
Label
Reclaiming American virtue : the human rights revolution of the 1970s, Barbara J. Keys
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Introduction: enter human rights --The postwar marginality of universal human rights -- Managing civil rights at home -- The trauma of the Vietnam War -- The liberal critique of right-wing dictatorships -- The anticommunist embrace of human rights -- A new calculus emerges -- Insurgency on Capitol Hill -- The human rights lobby -- A moralist campaigns for president -- "We want to be proud again" -- Conclusion: universal human rights in American foreign policy
Control code
ocn871257472
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (362 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674726031
Level of compression
unknown
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)871257472

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