Profiles in Humanity: The Battle for Peace, Freedom, Equality, and Human Rights

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Profiles in Humanity: The Battle for Peace, Freedom, Equality, and Human Rights

Format:  Hardcover,

262 pages

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc

Publish Date: Jun 2009

ISBN-13: 9780742567016

ISBN-10: 074256701X

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This compelling book tells the inspirational stories of men and women who fought for peace, freedom, equality, and human rights throughout the twentieth century. These courageous individuals include leading figures such as Mahatma Gandhi, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, VOclav Havel, and Mikhail Gorbachev, as well as Nobel Prize winners Aung San Suu Kyi, Andrei Sakharov, and Muhammad Yunus. Readers will be reminded why Pope John XXIII, long overshadowed by the charismatic John Paul II, was the greatest pope of contemporary times. A new generation will learn that Margaret Sanger was responsible for the single most important advance toward the liberation of women worldwide. They will also come to know some of the valiant women who fought at great personal risk for equal rights in Muslim communities. Cohen highlights the vital roles of Bram Fischer, Helen Suzman, and Donald Woods in fighting apartheid in South Africa and of Jack Greenberg in the struggle against Jim Crow in America. He traces Liu Binyan's efforts to win freedom of the press and to end the abuse of power by the Chinese Communist Party. Finally, he recounts the remarkable stories of some of the thousands of men and women of many nationalities and walks of life who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Together, these biographies paint an unforgettable portrait of the famous and unsung people who stepped forward with the moral vision to intervene, often at great personal cost, to alleviate human misery.


Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
Publish Date: Jun 2009
ISBN-13: 9780742567016
ISBN-10: 074256701X
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 262
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.26 x 0.82 x 9.0

Chapter outline

Nonviolent Resistance
Mahatma Gandhi and Nonviolent Resistance
Vaclav Havel and the Power of the Powerless
Aung San Suu Kyi: Martyr for Democracy
Women's Rights
Margaret Sanger and the Liberation of Women
Muslim Feminists
Racial Equality
Jack Greenberg and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Martin Luther King Jr. and the Struggle for Racial Equality
Donald Woods, Bram Fischer, Helen Suzman, and the Fight against Apartheid
Grace in Victory
Human Rights
Holocaust Rescuers
Pope John XXIII and Catholic Humanism
Mikhail Gorbachev, Andrei Sakharov, and Human Rights in Europe
The Quest for Truth and Justice in China
Freedom from Want
Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt and the Welfare State
Muhammad Yunus, Microfinance, and an End to Poverty
Suggestions for Further Reading
About the Author

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