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Book:We must not be enemies : restoring America's civic tradition / Michael Austin.:[2019] Book We must not be enemies : restoring America's civic tradition / Michael Austin.
We must not be enemies : restoring America's civic tradition / Michael Austin.
Author: Austin, Michael 1966-
Publication year: [2019]
Language: English
Call Number JK1726 .A87 2019
Media class: Book
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781538121252 1538121255
Extent: xiii, 215 pages ; 24 cm
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"At the end of his first inaugural address, delivered to a nation deeply divided and on the brink of civil war, Abraham Lincoln concluded, 'We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies.' Lincoln's words ring true today, especially for a new generation raised on political discourse that consists of vitriolic social media and the echo chambers of polarized news media. Michael Austin combines American history, classical theories of democracy, and cognitive psychology to argue that the health of our democracy depends on our ability to disagree about important things while remaining friends. He argues that individual citizens can dramatically improve the quality of our democracy by changing the way that we interact with one another. Each of his main chapters advances a single argument, supported by contemporary evidence and drawing on lessons from American history."--
"The height to be superb humanity" -- "The apprenticeship of liberty" -- "We are not enemies, but friends" -- Parties and political tribes -- The great American outrage machine -- The other opposite of friendship -- The majesty of persuasion -- Agreeing to disagree -- "Think it possible you may be mistaken" -- The vision and the dream -- Appendix A : James Madison, Federalist #10 -- Appendix B : John Quincey Adams, Lectures on rhetoric and oratory -- Appendix C : Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America.

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