For undergraduate courses in Diversity and Multiculturalism; also for a Freshman Composition or Argumentative Writing course.
Reflecting the more personalized and openly contentious environment surrounding pluralism and diversity, this innovative anthology links autobiographical and argumentative writing in case-study fashion in order to explore the pros and cons of issues that arise in everyday life. Consisting of two kinds of writings-essays about individual lives (autobiographies, human-interest stories) and argumentative or analytic essays (often arranged in terms of opposing viewpoints)-it stresses the importance of individual experience and the connection of that vital experience to analysis, generalization and reasoned argument, and helps students learn to develop and ultimately define their own sense of pluralistic culture today.
- Individual life essays-Begins each chapter with a life story-either an autobiographical essay or a human interest story by a professional journalist.
- Argumentative essays-Presents differing viewpoints on particular issues and emphasizes specific conflicts in generalization and support.
- Opposing viewpoints-Presents a healthy interplay of well-articulated opposing viewpoints in pluralistic and multicultural discussions throughout each chapter.
Helps students reflect on the inherent complexity behind the issues, gives them the freedom to pick and choose as their reasoning powers dictate, and emphasizes the rhetorical choices writers must make in deciding where they stand on particular issues and why. Ex.___
- Classic essays and newcomers-Classics include essays by Gloria Anzaldua, Susan Lorber, Gregory Mantsios, Mike Rose, Richard Rorty, Esmeralda Santiago, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Marianna DeMarco Torgovnick. Newcomers include Dubner's “Choosing My Religion” (an entire chapter devoted to religious issues), Pilon's “Right to do Wrong” (among several Libertarian essays), Lato Alcaraz's “Pocho” cartoons from L.A., Mary Clearman Blew's essay on rural life, Segell's evolutionary psychology challenge to feminism (“What Women Really Want”) and Suzanne Pharr's “A Match Made in Heaven, Lesbian Leftie Chats with a Promise Keeper”).
Table of Contents
1. Personal Narratives: The Individual View.
LIFE: Marianne DeMarco Torgovnick, On Being White, Female, and Born in Bensonhurst.
Glen C. Loury, Free at Last? A Personal Perspective
. Mike Rose, Entering the Conversation.
Malcolm X and Alex Haley, “Mascot” from The Autobiography of Malcolm X. James McBride, School
from Color of Water.
Andrew Sullivan, “What is a Homosexual?” from Virtually Normal.
Chang-Rae Lee, “Mute in an English-Only World.”
Diana Abu-Jaber, On Reading Difference
from Ploughshares.2. American Places.
LIFE: Mary Clearman Blew, Apostate in the Attic
from Bone Deep in the Landscape
. Lalo Alcaraz, L.A. Cucaracha Urban Sketch Journal.
Esmeralda Santiago, Angels on the Ceiling
from When I Was Puerto Rican.
Gloria Anzaldua, La Conciencia de la mestiza/Towards a New Consciousness
Monk Phen Anonthasy, East/West Values
from Voices from Southeast Asia.
Lucy Lippard, “All Over the Place” from Lure of the Local.
Gerda Lerner, “No Place to Go Back to” from Why History Matters. 3. Theoretical Interlude: Prejudice and Discrimination.
LIFE: Finnegan, The Unwanted
. Michael Omi and Howard Winant, Racial Formations.
Beverly Tatum, “Identity Development in Adolescence” from Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
Shelby Steele, I'm Black, You're White, Who's Innocent?
Roger Pilon, The Right to Do Wrong
. Elaine Kim, Home is Where the Han is: A Korean American Perspective on the Los Angeles Upheavals. Dennis West, Joan M. West, and Sherman Alexie, Sending Cinematic Smoke Signals: An Interview with Sherman Alexie. 4. American Pluralism.
LIFE: Edward Countryman, Preface
from Americans, a Collision of Histories
. Nathan Glazer, The Emergence of an American Ethnic Pattern
. Ronald Takaki, Reflections on Racial Patterns in America: A Historical Perspective
. Gary Willis, “Storm over Jefferson”. Hector St. John Crevecoeur, What Is an American?
Langston Hughes, Let America Be America Again
. Michael Novak, The Price of Being Americanized
from The Rise of the Unmeltable Ethnics.
Bharati Mukerjee, Two Ways to Belong in America
. John J. Miller, Becoming an American.
Linda Chavez, Towards a New Politics of Hispanic Assimilation.
Manning Marable, We Need New and Critical Study of Race and Ethnicity. 5. The American Dream: Class in America.
LIFE: Dirk Johnson, Money Is Everything, Except Hers.
Gregory Mantsios, Class in America: Myths and Realities
. Eric Liu, A Chinaman's Chance: Reflections on the American Dream.
Alm and Cox, By Our Own Bootstraps
from Myths of Rich and Poor
. Michael M. Weinstein, America's Rags-to-Riches Myth.
William Julius Wilson, When Work Disappears
. Clarence Thomas, Victims and Heroes in the 'Benevolent' State. 6. Gender in American Life.
LIFE: Patricia Ireland, What Women Want
. Michael Segell, What Women Really Want
from Standup Guy.
Susan Lorber, The Social Construction of Gender
. 10 for Title X: A Compliance Checklist
from The New York Times
. Donna LoPiano, Title IX: It's Time to Live Up to the Letter of the Law
from Chronicle of Higher Education
. Stephen P. Erber, “Proportionality” Will Keep Both Male and Female Athletes Out of the Game
from Chronicle of Higher Education
. Furchtgott-Roth and Stolba, Women's Figures, the Economic Progress of Women in America
. Ellen Bravo, Go Figure
. Donna Minkowitz, Love and Hate and Laramie.
Don Sabo, Pigskin, Patriarchy, and Pain.
Michael Messner, Masculinities and Athletic Careers.
Warren Farrell, Men as Success Objects.
bell hooks, Men: Comrades in Struggle
.7. Religion in Multicultural America.
LIFE: New York Post, Bible Belted, Prayer Gets Teacher Axed
. Letters on Rosario Case. Article 1. Bill of Rights; Jefferson, An Act for Establishing Religious Freedom, Letter to Danbury Baptists
. Stephen J. Dubner, Choosing My Religion
. Geraldine Brooks, What Does the Koran Say about Nasreen's Nose-Rings?
Michael Novak, Faith in Search of Votes
. Lee Albert, God in the Public Square.
Michael Jacobs, A Place in the Classroom. 8. Change in America.
LIFE: C.P. Ellis and Studs Terkel, Occurrence in Durham
from Studs Terkel's Race, How Black and Whites Think & Feel about the American Obsession
. Doug Bandow, Private Prejudice, Private Remedy
. Suzanne Pharr, A Match Made in Heaven, Lesbian Leftie Chats with a Promise Keeper
. Tom Watson, The American Way of Golf.
Jay Walljasper, A Fair Share in Suburbia
. Kenny Fries, Getting to Work.
Wendy Shalit, “Among the Gender Benders”. Nat Hentoff, Speech Codes.
Ellis Cose, Affirmative Action and the Dilemma of the “Qualified,”
from The Rage of a Privileged Class.
Richard Rorty, What's Wrong with Rights Talk
AMERICAN LIVES, AMERICAN ISSUES is a distinctive reader that reflects the more personalized and openly contentious environment surrounding pluralism and diversity. This innovative anthology focuses on two kinds of writing-essays about individual lives (autobiographies, human interest stories) and analytic essays, which, in a case-study fashion, are presented as opposing viewpoints to help explore the pros and cons of issues that arise in everyday life.
The text stresses the importance of individual experience and the connection of that vital experience to analysis, generalization, and reasoned argument; it also helps students learn to develop and ultimately define their own sense of pluralistic culture today. The text features:
- Individual life essays at the start of each chapter with a life story-either an autobiographical essay or a human interest story-by a professional writer.
- Argumentative essays that present differing viewpoints on a particular issue and emphasize specific conflicts in generalization and support.
- Opposing viewpoints that present a healthy interplay of well-articulated arguments in pluralistic and multicultural discussions throughout each chapter.
- Balanced viewpoints that cover a broad spectrum of views of American life and experience which emphasize both the successful and lapsed pursuits of liberty and equality.
- Diverse readings that offer a range of different perspectives on American life with essays by Malcolm X, James McBride, Susan Lorber, Eric Liu, Clarence Thomas, and Beverly Tatum.