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Introduction. PART ONE: AMERICA AND DEMOCRACY: A RHETORIC ABOUT WRITING. I. Thinking and Reading about America. Nation Building: Who Was Here and Who Came. They Walked Here. They Came by Choice. They Came by Force. Thinking about Our Complexities: Voices in the Chorus. "Song of Myself," Section 26, Walt Whitman. "Of the Dawn of Freedom," W.E.B. Du Bois. The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston. "The Loudest Voice," Grace Paley. Reading about Our Diversities: Expectations and Clues. "Recitatif," Toni Morrison. Sorting Out Opinions, Stereotypes, Judgments and Beliefs. Annotation. "Dropping the 'OneDrop' Rule," George Will. "The Reluctant Spokesman," Erik Himmelsbach. "On the Pulse of the Morning," Maya Angelou. "Remember," Joy Harjo. Dictionary Definition and Implication. Statement on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert Kennedy. Role of Humor. "Can We Laugh Now?" Brandt Ayers. What Is at Stake for Citizenship? II. Talking and Writing about Citizenship and Justice. Starting the Conversation. Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin. Music and Issues of Justice. "Thumbs Up to the Sisters at Spelman," Roland Martin. Considering Purpose, Determining Audience, and Producing Voice. "Eminem?Bad Rap?," Richard Kim. "Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP," Cynthia Fuchs. "Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP," Chris Massey. "Criminal," Eminem. Listening for Voice and Interpreting Tone. "Sleeping on the Sidewalk," Queen Latifah. "Faget," Korn. Contrasting Tones in Different Genre. "Health Card," Alice Childress. "The Negro Problem as a Moral Issue," Gunnar Myrdal. "Change of Heart," Adam Goodheart. Finding the Thesis and Unifying the Whole. "A Word's Meaning Can Often Depend on Who Says It," Gloria Naylor. Oscar Thank You for Best Actress Award, Halle Berry. "If Hispanics Want a Voice, They Must Vote," Mark Pino. "Bill Cosby Gets a Little More Off His Chest," Don Babwin. Beginning?Finding the Hook. Ending?Dropping the Curtain. Building the Bridge ? Paragraphs as Planks. "Jackson Advocate Rises from the Ashes," Center for Living Democracy. "America, Ray Charles Style," William Raspberry. Tribute for Ronald Reagan, Lech Walesa. Tribute for Marlon Brando, Joal Ryan. "America's 'Four Freedoms' Aren't Quite so Robust this July 4," George Yates. "A Forty-Year Search for Equality," Ellen Goodman. What Is at Stake for Citizenship? III. Before and After Writing: America and Democracy. Before Writing. On the Occasion of Richard Nixon's Impeachment Proceedings, Barbara Jordan. Re-stating Difficult or Unfamiliar Information. Brainstorming, Free Writing, Making Lists. Practicing Pre-Writing Techniques. On the Occasion of Andrew Johnson's Impeachment Proceedings. Senator John Sherman. Senator James W. Grimes. Senator Lyman Trumbull. Senator Charles Sumner. Summary. "Toadstools," Bich Minh Nguyen. Paraphrase. Outlining. "Was the Sage a Hypocrite?" Annette Gordon-Reed. Cubing. "What Would You Do?" Anne Applebaum. Mapping/Clustering. After Writing. Expanding. "Moore and His Friends," National Review. Deleting Paragraphs. "A First Look at 'Fahrenheit 9/11," Mary Corliss. Crafting Sentences: TIBS. Types of Sentences. "The Art of the Closing Argument," Jonathan Alter. Images. "The First Day (A Fable after Brown)," Alice Walker. Balance. Strong, Action Verbs. "Our Pop Culture Doesn't Want Musical Artists to Actually Have Something to Say," Erin Cox. Editing Sentences: For Clarity. "Free Gifts, Old Adages," James Kilpatrick. Too Wordy. Too Vague. Proofreading: Ten Common Errors. Spelling. Commonly Confused Words. Active and Passive Voice. Nonsexist Language. Repetition. Sentence Fragments or Run-On Sentences or Comma Splices. Subject-Very Agreement. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement. Dangling Participles and Misplaced Modifiers. Parallelism. Peer Revision. Alphabet Game. Writing Partners. Thesis or First Paragraph Only Workshop. Pre-Writing/Talking Workshop. "Public Monuments," Rusty Hellis. What is at Stake for Citizenship? IV. Americans: Community, Communication, and Participation Part One. Patterns of Inquiry. The modes?description, narration, example, definition, classification, compare/contrast, cause and effect, and argument. Combining the Modes. "The Great Obligation," Anna Quindlen. "Teaching Apathy?" Marina Krokovsky. Aristotle's Three Appeals?Ethos, Pathos, and Logos. Issues of Community and Citizenship. "The Lottery," Shirley Jackson. Determining Authority through Genre. "Stanley Milgram." Group Think and Group Dynamics. Using Fiction to Understand Communities. "To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee. Part Two. Communication. Spheres of Communication?Public, Private, and Technical. "A Few Thoughts on Not Doing My Civic Duty," Janet Bland. Making the Technical Public. "Teaching the Silent Treatment," Amy Herdy. "Juries: 'Democracy in Action'" John Edwards. When the Private Becomes Public. "Twelve Anonymous Men," Barney Gimbel. "One Angry Man," Pete McEntegart. Beyond the Spheres ? The Power of Celebrity. "Winfrey, Jury Convict Man of Murder," Mike Colias. Community, Communication, and Participation ? Summing it Up. What is at Stake for Citizenship? PART TWO: CITIZENSHIP 101. 1. Mayflower Compact, 1620. 2. A Model of Christian Charity, 1630. 3. Virginia Slave Laws, 1660s. 4. Declaration of Independence, 1776. 5. Constitution of the United States of America, 1787. 6. Farewell Address, George Washington, 1796. 7. Declaration of Sentiments, 1848. 8. Ain't I a Woman?, Sojourner Truth, 1851 (3 accounts). 9. The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro, Frederick Douglass, 1852. 10. Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln, 1863. 11. Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln, 1864. 12. Atlanta Exposition Speech, Booker T. Washington, 1895. 13. Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others, W.E.B. Du Bois, 1903. 14. Why Women Should Vote, Jane Addams, 1910. 15. Indian Citizenship Act, 1924. 16. The Four Freedoms, Franklin Roosevelt, 1941. 17. Pearl Harbor Speech, Franklin Roosevelt, 1941. 18. Executive Order 9981, Equality of Treatment in Armed Services, Harry Truman, 1948. 19. Brown v. Board of Education, 1954. 20. Farewell Address, Dwight Eisenhower, 1961. 21. Inaugural Address, John F. Kennedy, 1961. 22. Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963. 23. I Have a Dream Speech, Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963 24. Great Society Speech, Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964. 25. The Ballot or the Bullet Speech, Malcolm X, 1964. 26. Civil Rights Act, 1964. 27. Statement of Purpose, National Organization of Women, 1966. 28. Roe v. Wade, 1973. 29. Resignation Speech, Richard Nixon, 1974. 30. Announcement for Candidacy for President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, 1979. 31. Inaugural Address, George H. W. Bush, 1989. 32. Oklahoma City Bombing Speech, William Clinton, 1995. 33. Address to the Nation after 9/11, George W. Bush, 2001. 34. Preface to the 9/11 Commission Report. PART THREE: POINTS OF CONTACT. V. Race. 1. The Role of Race in Education. "No Longer Separate, but Not Yet Equal," Rebecca Winters. "A New Campus Crusader," Keith Naughton. "How to Survive When You're the Only Black in the Classroom," Candace Warren. "In Search of Diversity on Law Reviews," Katherine S. Mangan. "Tough Love on Culture, Progress," Diane Carman. "New Admissions System at U. of Michigan to Seek Diversity through Essays," Peter Schmidt. "Cosby: Blacks Own Enemy," Ernie Suggs. Writing Prompts. What Is at Stake for Citizenship? 2. Crying Wolf: The Susan Smith Case. "Search Widens for Carjacking Suspect," Anna Brown. "Stranger in the Shadows," Richard Lacayo. "Continuing Saga of Sex, Murder, and Racism: Susan Smith is Still Scheming in Prison," Tom Turnipseed. "Mother's Actions Not Seen as Racially Motivated," Charles L. Warner. "Blacks Still Angry Over White Woman Who Claimed Black Man Kidnapped Her Two Boys," Jet. "S.C. Town Still Coping with Child Killings: Susan Smith Case," Amy Geier Edgar. Writing Prompts. What Is at Stake for Citizenship? 3. Being Mixed Race in America. "Interracial Intimacy: White-Black Dating, Marriage, and Adoption Are on the Rise," Randall Kennedy. "Three Case Studies: Matthew, Sidney, and Claudette," Ursula M. Brown. "An End to Counting by Race?" Tamar Jacoby. "Memories from a Mixed Childhood," Beverly Yuen Thompson. "The Pain of a Divided Family," Scott Minerbrook. "Multi-Colored Families: Racially Mixed Households Face Their Own Challenges," Ann Blackman, Wendy Cole, Michele Donley, Timothy Roche, Megan Rutherford, and Jacqueline Savaiano. Writing Prompts. What Is at Stake for Citizenship? Expanding Vocabulary. VI. Immigration. 1. The DREAM Act: Illegal Alien to College Student. "The Next Question," Editorial. "'Dream Act' Offers Hope for Immigrant Students," Jennifer Mena. "Students Speak Out on Behalf of Undocumented Friends," Nancy Mitchell. "For These Top Students, Dreams Falter," Kate Taylor. "Virginia Order Decried by Immigration Advocates; State Turning Colleges into Police, They Say," Nurith C. Aizenman and Amy Argetsinger. "Punishing the Innocent," Editorial. "Letters to The Times." "Immigrants Lost in the Din: Security vs. the Dream," Nina Bernstein. Writing Prompts. What is at Stake for Citizenship? 2. Struggle at the Border: Two Nations with a Common Future. "An Often-Crossed Line in the Sand; Upgraded Security at U.S. Border hasn't Deterred Illegal Immigration from Mexico," Kevin Sullivan. "What Really Matters in the Debate on Immigration," Ruben Navarrette. "Legislation Helps both Farmers, Laborers," Alex Pulaski. "Immigration Comic Glams up Danger," Maria Anglin. "Bush Immigration Plan Meets GOP Opposition; Lawmakers Resist Temporary-Worker Proposal," Michael A. Fletcher. "Take off the Blinders on Illegal Immigration," Linda Chavez. "Bush's Unwise Immigration Proposal," Yeh Ling-Ling. Writing Prompts. What is at Stake for Citizenship? 3. International Students: Turning Away from America. "US Envoy Tries to Reverse Decline in J1 Student Visas," John Downes. "Cure for U.S.-Arab Tensions: More Student Visas," John Hughes. "The Line of No Return," Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. "Growth Reverses; Surveys: Fewer Foreign Students in the U.S." Olivia Winslow. "Foreign Student Ranks Decline; Stricter Security after 9/11," Mark Bixler. "Caught in the Details of Immigration Law," Randy Furst. "An Education in Red Tape," Hernan Rozemberg. "Colleges Get a Hard Lesson in Making U.S. More Secure," Christopher Grimes. Writing Prompts. What is at Stake for Citizenship? Expanding Vocabulary. VII. Religion and the Public Space. 1. Bible Clubs and Public Schools. "Revival at Pubic School Stirs 100 Students to Conversion," Todd Starnes. "Christian Groups Rejoice in Fervor at Public School," Bruce Nolan. "Cecilia Student Sues after School Denies Bible Club," State Times/Morning Advocate (Baton Rouge, La). "The Wall between Church and State," Buffalo (NY) News. "Staff Problems Keeping Church Groups from Elementary Schools," Dave Condren. "Federal Rule Aids Student Lawsuit; Bible Club Fights Ban on Messages," John McElhenny. "Federal Court Upholds Student Right to Dispense Candy Canes," Matthew D. Staver. Writing Prompts. What Is at Stake for Citizenship? 2. The Ten Commandments Judge in Alabama. "Moore: Will Seek Blessings of God," Stan Bailey. "Dueling Symbols," Paul Greenberg. "The Ten Commandments: Halt Judge's High-Handed Campaign to Push Religion," Lee McAuliffe Rambo. "High Court Refuses to Hear Ten Commandments Case," Megh Duwadi. "Tough Questions in Alabama," Cal Thomas. "Beliefs Carved in Stone; Christians, Atheists Gather at Ten Commandments Rock," Natalie Hopkinson. Writing Prompts. What Is at Stake for Citizenship? 3. United Church of Christ's Advertising Campaign: Controversy and Censorship. "A Progressive Church Serves God by Welcoming Differences," Deb Price. "Sleaze Yes; God's Love, No," Leonard Pitts. "Who Is Beyond God's Reach?" Nancy Ellett Allison and Nathan King. "Houses of Worship: Exclusion and Embrace," Joseph Loconte. "In Rejecting a Church's Ad, Two Networks Provide Fodder for a Different Debate," Peter Steinfels. "Networks Air Dirty Laundry, Not Church Ad," Tim Feran. Writing Prompts. What Is at Stake for Citizenship? VIII. Sexuality and Identity. 1. Sex Education or Teaching Abstinence: Both? Either? Neither? "The History of Sexuality Education," Priscilla Pardini. "Abstinence Works," Joel Mowbray. "Sex Education," Wendy Stock. "The Value of Abstinence Education," Paul M. Weyric. "Some Abstinence Programs Mislead Teens, Report Says," Cici Connolly. "Two Approaches to Sexuality Education," Pricilla Pardini. Writing Prompts. What Is at Stake for Citizenship? 2. Gender and Gender Roles: New lives for men and women. "The Stay-at-Home Dad," Suzanne Woods Fisher. "Ms. Top Cop," Peg Tyre. "Single Father from the Start," Alisa Weinstein. "Out of Bounds," Vanessa Juarez. "Promise Keepers Fact Sheet" (official website information). "Father Superior," Cate Terwilliger. "Promise Keepers and the Culture Wars," David Hackett. "Staying at Home" (television news story). Writing Prompts. What Is at Stake for Citizenship? 3. Gay Marriage: New Questions for an Old Institution. "The Case for Gay Marriage" (magazine article). "Upsetting the Natural Order," Kathleen Parker. "Beware the Straight Backlash," Andrew Sullivan. "Should Gays be allowed to Marry? NO," Cal Thomas. "Should Gays be allowed to Marry? YES," Richard Cohen. "One Man, One Woman" Robert P. George. "Fresh Look at Nuptials Urged?Gays' Push Spurs Wider Scrutiny," David Cary. Writing Prompts. What Is at Stake for Citizenship? Expanding Vocabulary. IX. National Security and Terrorism. 1. Free Speech and 9/11: The Case of Ward Churchill. '"Some People Push Back," On the Justice of Roosting Chickens, Ward Churchill. "Anatomy of a Free-Speech Firestorm: How a Professor's 3-Year Old Essay Sparked a National Controversy," Scott Smallwood. "Incendiary in Academia May Now Find Himself Burned," Kirk Johnson. "Free Speech can Cost Profs; Outspoken Faculty Have Paid the Price in Loss of Jobs, Tenure," John C. Ensslin. "Whom Does Churchill Work For?" Jim Spencer. "Governor Renews Call for CU Regents to Dismiss Churchill," Dave Curtin and Howard Pankratz. "Can't Governor be Offensive, too?" Reggie Rivers. "CU Hiding Behind Tenure" David Harsanyi. "The Freedom to Discuss: Americans Can Question Ideas, but the Right to Debate Them Should Always be Protected," Editorial. Writing Prompts. What is at Stake for Citizenship? 2. A New Rule of Law: the Patriot Act. "Is Your Television Watching You?" Phillip Swann. "Is Big Brother Watching You While You Surf?" John Jerney. "Forgotten Freedoms," Salim Muwakkil. "Congress's Patriot Act: This is a Law that Defends America and, Yes, Preserves Civil Liberties, Dammit," Kate O'Beirne. "University Warns Students of Patriot Act Disclosures; Government can Get Medical Records" Reid J. Epstein. "Did Civil Liberties Fall with the Twin Towers? Ramifications of the Patriot Act Still being Argued," Charlie Brennan and Karen Abbott. "Thought Police: Big Brother May be Watching What You Read," Eleanor J. Bader. "GOP Makes Time for Patriot Act Vote; Leaders Successfully Beat Back Challenge by Extending Roll Call," Edward Epstein. Writing Prompts. What is at Stake for Citizenship? 3. One Nation under Surveillance: Camera and Recognition Software in Public Places. "Security Cameras Abound after 9/11," Julian Guthrie and Diana Walsh. "'Queer Eye' for Big Brother," Susan Murray. "Cards Spell End of Privacy," Robyn E. Blumner. "Parish Gets Money for Street Cameras; ACLU's Concerns Fail to Dissuade Sheriff," Mark F. Bonner. "Privacy at a Premium/Think You're Alone? Think Again. Security Cameras are Popping Up Everywhere," Jey Rey. "The Way We Live Now: Naked Terror," Jeffrey Rosen. "Where the Hall Monitor is a Webcam," Katie Hafner. Writing Prompts. What is at Stake for Citizenship? Expanding Vocabulary. X. Technology, Internet Culture and the Online Community. 1. Electronic Voting: An Issue of Trust. "Electronic Voting still in Infancy, Critics Say; Security Is a Concern as Election Day Nears," Dan Keating. "E-Voting Underachieves: Starry-eyed Predictions Lag behind Technical Realities," Scot Petersen. "An Election Day Clouded by Doubt," Avi Rubin. "It's a Fun Idea, but Electronic Voting Doesn't Pass the Trust Test," Andy Ihnatko. "Clean Election; Allegations of Massive Voter Fraud Turn Out to be Unfounded, Fortunately" (unsigned editorial). "In ATMs, Not Votes, We Trust," Anne Applebaum. "Step toward Election Standards" (unsigned editorial). "One Last Election Lesson" (unsigned editorial). Writing Prompts. What Is at Stake for Citizenship? 2. Bloggers and Dan Rather: Shaping the Public Debate. "Blog-Gate; Yes, CBS Screwed Up Badly in 'Memogate'?But so Did Those Who Covered the Affair," Corey Pein. "Prove It; The Columbia Journalism Review Finally Confronts CBS News, Rathergate, and the Blogosphere," Jonathan Last. "Caught in the Web," Art Buchwald. "Our Turn; There's No Denying Impact of Bloggers; Their Challenge To CBS News Makes It Increasingly Difficult to Dismiss Them as Simply Amateurs in Pajamas" (unsigned editorial). "The Blogosphere's Smaller Stars," La Shawn Barber. "Blogging In," Russ Lipton. "The Blogs Must Be Crazy," Peggy Noonan. Writing Prompts. What Is at Stake for Citizenship? 3. and the 2004 Presidential Race. "How Grass Roots Grab Hold of Presidential Race on Web," Kathleen Hennessey. "Meet-up at the White House? All of a Sudden, the Anti-War Howard Dean Looks a Serious Candidate for US President," Edward Miliband. "Virtual Campaigning," Barb Palser. "Dean Activists Found to be Party Core/ Surveyor Finds Bulk Far from Disaffected," Jonathan Saltzman. "The Meetup Presidency," Christine B. Williams and Jesse Gordon. "Bush Supporters are Catching on to Internet Connection," Justin Gest. "Blogosphere Politics," Michael Barone. Writing Prompts. What Is at Stake for Citizenship? Expanding Vocabulary: Historical, Rhetorical, and Genres. Appendix: Service Learning. Thinking and Reading about Service Learning: Initial Steps. Talking and Writing about Service Learning: Leaving the Classroom and Entering the Community. Before and After Service Learning: Out of the Agency, Into the Neighborhood. Service Learning: From the Agency to Your Computer.
Engage in relevant national discourse with the dynamic approach to writing presented in THE CIVIL MIND. You'll immerse yourself in some of the predominate conversations taking place in American culture. Combining tried and true writing methods with thematically-arranged, current readings about what is happening in the world right now, this book gets you reading, thinking, talking, and writing in response to a wide variety of national debates. As you evaluate your cultural context in relation to certain issues, you can better understand and participate in that culture, whether your opinions are conservative, liberal, or somewhere in between. You'll be learning elements of writing while exploring elements of the greater American conversation that is continually taking place across the nation.