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A More Perfect Union Hardcover – September 24, 2001

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After coauthoring the recent Legal Lynching with his father (Forecasts, Aug. 13), Congressman Jackson takes the lead in this book written with his press secretary, laying out his moral and political vision. The first, autobiographical section serves as an introduction to his historical review of how race and states' rights have been intertwined both in theory and practice. Jackson sees "race as the lens through which to see all of American history," but economics and sectional politics are the substance. From colonial times to the present, Jackson stresses both the contradictions within Southern conservative ideology (such as Southern states-righters' insistence on federal fugitive slave laws) and its consistencies across time (small local government, low taxes, economic underdevelopment and opposition to providing broad economic opportunities for all), which have opposed progress toward a more perfect union, hitting blacks the hardest, but hitting an even larger number of poor, working-class and even middle-class whites. The contrasting struggle for broadly shared economic development, political power and personal freedom can best be advanced, Jackson argues, by adopting eight new, benchmark-setting constitutional amendments, guaranteeing rights primarily grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which the U.S. has ratified. Each is treated in a separate chapter: the rights to quality health care, housing, education, a clean environment, fair taxes, full employment, equality for women and the right to vote. Though occasionally rough and repetitious, the book's breadth, boldness and candor stirringly challenge conventional political timidity.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Welcome Rain Publishers (September 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156649186X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566491860
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,769,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Cong. Jackson's book not only outlines America's flawed and inherently racist political ideology but he sets for a blueprint for action for those born after 1965, the benefactors of the Civil Rights Movement, the authors of the so-called Hip Hop Generation, the people who are caught between fulfilling Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'dream' and rushing to the nearest dealership for the latest in bling bling. This book should be required reading for middle school and high school students as it engages you in a critical thinking exercise about what it means to be "American," what it means to be "free" and further unveils the hidden truths in the U.S. Constitution. We live in hypocrisy rather than a democracy, where millions of Americans lack health care, have access to quality education, employment, housing and a corruption free legal/court system. It is clear that we must rally to modify the 10th amendment which continues to undermine the very foundation of the Constitution by allowing the 50 states to operate as seperate and unequal parcels under the guise of a United States. Why do we have 50 separate public school systems; 50 seperate criminal justice systems; 50 seperate policies on everything from immigration to affirmative action to civil/human rights to voting rights...? And how is it that the federal government is not responsible for any? These are the questions probed and answered in this prolific book. In its pages are a challenge for this generation. Do we want power or status? Do we want justice or a lexus? The struggle continues. Forward ever...backwards never.
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My husband had borrowed this book from the library and loved it. He wanted a copy of his own so I got it as a gift for him. He thinks that this book is very insightful concerning a lot of issues in our country.
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful By I. Clarke on November 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
When the "founding fathers" wrote the constitution, it brought about great change. Today great change is what else ought we do but change the constitution? Jackson makes that notion convincingly clear. As i read this book, I kept thinking "I wish I had this book in college." In college, the dynamics of social and political thought were always about programs and was the bandaid solution. This book lays out the treatment and, most importantly, the diagnosis! Where have we been as a nation? The answer to that question is the real is the diagnosis no one wants to hear, that Jackson has exposed. But we must acknowledge the diagnosis so we can identify the proper treatment and know how to apply it. How do we heal? The answer to that question is the treatment -- changing the constitution is so fundamental that it is largely ignored by politicos and scholars. Perhaps it is ignored because the constitution has been held as an immovable object. But, as Jackson explains, the constitution can be changed, and any changes (or amendments) become as rock solid as the constitution itself. Jackson has laid out a strategy that has rarely (in part and never in toto) been suggested for our nation -- a new idea -- that fact alone makes this book a MUST HAVE. Jackson has also laid out a strategy that will yield a prognosis for the nation that is desireable to all -- that fact makes this book a MUST DO!
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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alanna Joi Ford on November 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Congressman Jesse Jackson his newest book " A More Perfect Union" has proven that he is so much more than the beneficiary of great civil, social, political and theolological pedigree. In this his, chef doeuvre, along with contributor Frank Watkins, he provides the reader with a sweeping commentary of not merely race but racism in all of its legislative origin.
Imagine not stumbling upon the word racism until 1936 and finding no rise of the African American experience. Preposterous. Is it not? But truth. Congressman Jackson not only reveals why we must be outraged, not in the riotous form, but further demonstrates, in this important piece how we must engage our outrage by "economic reform."
Reader do not be discouraged by the book's smallprint or numerous pages. This plethora of information only lends itself to the extensive research and detail the author and his contributor insisted upon. Welcome these pages as they are wealthy. FINALLY there exists an "inclusive textbook" which it resembles and rally for it soon to be.
The reader will delight in a discovery of previously undocumented
yet factual pieces of African-American history "as American as apple pie." Congressman Jackson Jackson exhibits how African-Americans significantly shaped America and its politics.
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