What is democracy? What does it look like in action?

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Of the Sons of Master and Man

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Although he wrote during the early twentieth century, the racial issues that NAACP founder W.E.B. Du Bois explores are, sadly, still pertinent to this day. In chapter 9 of his…

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September 1, 1939

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W. H. Auden was one of the literary giants of the twentieth century. His poems, plays, and essays, written in everyday language, are full of his favorite themes: religion, politics,…

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Letter from Birmingham Jail

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was the leader of the American civil rights movement as well as a world-renowned figure in the modern history of non-violent resistance. Assassinated in 1968, he…

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Charitable Effort

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In this essay from Democracy and Social Ethics, originally published in 1902, Jane Addams, founder of Chicago's Hull House and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, focuses on the "the…

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Ozymandias

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Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) came to prominence in England's Romantic Period and led a life of wide travel and dramatic outspokenness until an untimely drowning death in Italy. "Ozymandias" is…