Please read in Strayer pp. 812-819. These pages contain four document excerpts on “Claiming Rights” – a new discourse that arose in the West about rights and the individual. This discourse was recently on display in the recent Supreme Court decision permitting same-sex marriage. It is very relevant today. Learn about its sources.
3. Being specific and offering evidence from these four documents, in what different ways does the idea of “rights” find expression? Provide evidence from each of the four documents. Which documents speak more about individual rights and which focus on collective rights? What common understandings can you identify?
4. For Document 16.2, Simon Bolivar’s Jamaican Letter, what might you infer from Bolivar’s statements, or his silences (often even more telling than his words), about his willingness to apply human rights thinking to people of Native American, African, or mixed-race ancestry? Get down to details: back your inferences.
5. For document 16.3, Frederick Douglass’s “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July,” in what ways does Frederick argue that slavery has poisoned American Life