From Many, One

Readings in American Political and Social Thought

Richard C. Sinopoli, Editor

"An indispensable text for the study of e pluribus unum."
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Unique among readers in American political and social thought, From Many, One is a broad and balanced anthology that explores the problem of diversity and American political identity throughout American history. From the classic texts of the American political tradition to diverse minority writings, this book offers a wide spectrum of ideas about identity, gender, immigration, race, and religion, and addresses how these issues relate to the concept of national unity.

Covering the gamut of viewpoints from majority to minority, from conservative to radical, from assimilationist to separatist, the authors range from the Founding Fathers to Frederick Jackson Turner, from Abigail Adams to bell hooks and Catharine MacKinnon; from Abraham Lincoln to Malcolm X; from Roger Williams to Ralph E. Reed.

Sinopoli's extensive introductory and concluding essays set the context for and draw out the implications of the fifty readings. The conclusion includes case studies of three minority groups—homosexuals, Mexican-Americans, and Chinese-Americans—to illustrate further the themes of the volume. Brief introductions to each reading and to each of the five sections provide background information.

In examining one of the central questions of American public life—the issue of national diversity—From Many, One will be a useful text for courses in American political thought, sociology, American Studies, and American history.

Table of Contents

Introductory Essay: From Many, One

PART I American Unity and Diversity: Political Principles and National Identity
Editor's Introduction to Part I
The Declaration of Independence: The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America In Congress, July 4, 1776
The Anti-Federalists: Brutus and Cato
The Federalist Papers (1787)
George Washington, "Farewell Address" (1796)
Tecumseh, "Sleep Not Longer, 0 Choctaws and Chickasaws"
Tecumseh, "Father, Listen! The Americans Have Not Yet Defeated Us By Land"
John C. Calhoun, "A Disquisition on Government" (1853)
Abraham Lincoln, "The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions"
Address Before the Springfield Young Men's Lyceum, January 27, 1838
Abraham Lincoln, "Gettysburg Address" (1863)
Frederick Jackson Turner, "The Significance of the Frontier in American History" (1893)
James Bryce, "The Uniformity of American Life" from The American Commonwealth (1908)
Suggestions for Further Reading

PART II Gender and Politics: Citizenship, Equality, and Difference
Editor's Introduction to Part II
Letters of Abigail and John Adams (1776)
Philadelphia Broadside, "The Sentiments of an American Woman" (1780)
Judith Sargent Murray, "On the Equality of the Sexes" (1790)
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, et al., (Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions) Seneca Falls (1848)
Frances D. Gage, Sojourner Truth, "A'n't I A Woman?" (1851)
Susan B. Anthony, "Constitutional Argument" (1872)
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, "Address to the Founding Convention of the The National American Woman Suffrage Association" (1890)
Emma Goldman, "Woman Suffrage" (1917)
The National Organization for Women,"Statement of Purpose" (1966)
bell hooks, "Feminism: A Movement to End Sexist Oppression" (1984)
Catharine A. MacKinnon, "The Sexual Politics of the First Amendment" (1986)
Suggestions for Further Reading

PART III Immigration and National Identity: From the Melting Pot to Multiculturalism
Editor's Introduction to Part III
Hector St. Jean de Crevecoeur, "Letters From an American Farmer," (1782)
James Madison, et al., "Report on the Resolutions ...Concerning the Alien and Sedition Acts" (1799)
Know-Nothing Party, "America for Americans" and "The Silent Scourge" (1855)
Theodore Roosevelt, "True Americanism" (1897)
Horace M. Kallen, "Democracy Versus the Melting-Pot: A Study of American Nationality" (1915)
John Dewey, "Nationalizing Education," Address to the National Education Association (1916)
Korematsu v. United States, 323 U.S. 214 (1944)
Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982)
Michael Walzer, "Multiculturalism and Individualism" (1994)
Suggestions for Further Reading

PART IV Race and Politics: Two Americas or One?
Editor's Introduction to Part IV
Benjamin Rush, "An Address to the Inhabitants of the British Settlements in America Upon Slave-Keeping" (1773)
Henry David Thoreau, "Slavery in Massachusetts" (1854)
George Fitzhugh, "Cannibals All! Or, Slaves Without Masters" (1857)
Abraham Lincoln, "Second Inaugural Address" (1865)
Frederick Douglass, "Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln" (1876)
W. E. B. Du Bois, "The Conservation of Races" (1897)
W. E. B. Du Bois, "On Being Ashamed of Oneself" (1933)
Booker T. Washington, "Democracy and Education" (1896)
Marcus Garvey, "The Negro and his Weakness" (1935)
Marcus Garvey, "Be King of Circumstances" (1935)
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, 347 U.S. 483 (1954)
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "I Have A Dream" (1963)
Malcolm X, "The Ballot or the Bullet" (1964)
Suggestions for Further Reading

PART V Religion and Politics: Pluralism and Common Bonds
Editor's Introduction to Part V
Roger Williams, "The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution for the Cause of Conscience" (1644)
John Winthrop, "A Little Speech on Liberty" (1645)
James Madison et al., "Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments" (1785)
Red Jacket, "Brother, The Great Spirit Has Made Us All" (1792)
Thomas Jefferson, "Letter to the Danbury Baptists" (1802)
Samuel Kendal, "An Election Sermon: Religion the Only Sure Basis of Free Government" (1804)
Alexis de Tocqueville, "Indirect Influence of Religious Opinions Upon Political Society in the United States" (1835)
Mary Baker Eddy, "The Great Revelation"
Mark Twain, "Christian Science"
Walker v. The Superior Court of Sacramento
John F. Kennedy, "Remarks on Church and State" (1960)
Lemon v Kurtzman et al., 403 U.S. 602 (1971)
Ralph E. Reed, Jr., "An Agenda for the New Congress: Speech to the Economic Club of Detroit" (1995)
Suggestions for Further Reading

Richard C. Sinopoli and Teena Gabrielson,
Pluralism and Identity Politics Today: Three Case Studies

The Constitution of the United States of America


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