Friday, July 8, 2016
We the People by Juan Williams
We all leave footprints on time. Some are known. Most are not. Important things sometimes overshadow the individual.
When American was founded the people who formulated documents had a vision. They left to future generation the job of modifying and fleshing out the implications envisioned in said documents.
It wasn’t perfect. Nothing ever is. As time went by there had to be other brave trail blazers.
The rights of men had to be enlarged to include women and the blacks. Immigration had to be clarified. Human rights needed to be codified. And so on.
Which leaves us the question; would the writers of our constitution if they were to return today recognize what we have done with it?
So much had been left for future generations to flesh out.
Facts. Just the facts. This is what Williams has carefully written. Foundation stories covering birth, education, contribution to American lifestyle of individuals is found here.
For example, Eleanor Roosevelt is mentioned for her fight for clarity of universal human right. General Westmoreland is mentioned for the rebirth of the Military after the Viet Nam war years; Earl Warren’s flight for civil rights along with Martin Luther King and LBJ-- Betty Friedman and her feminism. Just to name a few.
Williams writes of the time after the Second World War as a framework for those handled here who reshaped and affirmed the vision of America set down by the founding fathers.
I would highly recommend this for those who need a good social history grounding. America’s greatness is progressive.
I have received this book free from Blogging For Books.com for the purpose of a review. All views are those of the reviewer.