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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

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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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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Keys, Barbara J
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Human rights
  • Human rights advocacy
  • United States
  • Human rights advocacy
  • Human rights
  • International relations
  • United States
Label
Reclaiming American virtue : the human rights revolution of the 1970s, Barbara J. Keys
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
362 pages
Isbn
9780674724853
Lccn
2013015286
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)840460721
Label
Reclaiming American virtue : the human rights revolution of the 1970s, Barbara J. Keys
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
362 pages
Isbn
9780674724853
Lccn
2013015286
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)840460721

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