A unique volume designed to provoke an ongoing dialogue about fundamental human rights in our society
Edited by renowned scholars, Judith Blau and Mark Frezzo, this groundbreaking anthology examines the implications that human rights have for the social sciences. The book provides readers with a wide-ranging collection of articles, each written by experts in their fields who argue for an expansion of fundamental human rights in the United States. To provide an international context, the volume covers the human rights treaties that have been incorporated into the constitutions of many countries throughout the world, including wealthy nations such as Spain and Sweden and impoverished countries such as Bolivia and Croatia.
Chapter 7: Comparing Constitutions
The U.S. Constitution has inspired people around the world, and Americans are justifiably proud that it helped to launch a new era that we now refer to as modernity. This constitution boldly chartered a new course by setting a high standard for the rule of law, making a decisive break with monarchical tyranny, establishing the principles of governance, and affirming individual freedoms. Americans tend to think that the U.S. Constitution was unique and remains so to this day. For one thing, we often overlook the great similarities between the United States' 1787 Constitution and France's 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. The declaration begins with this phrase:
The representatives of the French people, organized as a National Assembly, ...