#History #Book Review -- We the People: The Modern-Day Figures Who Have Reshaped and Affirmed the Founding Fathers' Vision of America by Juan Williams

We the People: The Modern-Day Figures Who Have Reshaped and Affirmed the Founding Fathers' Vision of America
Juan Williams
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Publication Date: April 11, 2017 (Paperback)
Genre: History

What would the Founding Fathers think about America today? Over 200 years ago the Founders broke away from the tyranny of the British Empire to build a nation based on the principles of freedom, equal rights, and opportunity for all men. But life in the United States today is vastly different from anything the original Founders could have imagined in the late 1700s. The notion of an African-American president of the United States, or a woman such as Condoleezza Rice or Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, would have been unimaginable to the men who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, or who ratified the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.

In a fascinating work of history told through a series of in depth profiles, prize-winning journalist, bestselling author, and Fox political analyst Juan Williams takes readers into the life and work of a new generation of American Founders, who honor the original Founders’ vision, even as they have quietly led revolutions in American politics, immigration, economics, sexual behavior, and reshaped the landscape of the nation.
Among the modern-day pioneers Williams writes about in this compelling new book are the passionate conservative President Reagan; the determined fighters for equal rights, Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King, Jr.; the profound imprint of Rev. Billy Graham’s evangelism on national politics; the focus on global human rights advocated by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt; the leaders of the gay community who refused to back down during the Stonewall Riots and brought gay life into America’s public square; the re-imagined role of women in contemporary life as shaped by Betty Friedan.

Williams reveals how each of these modern-day founders has extended the Founding Fathers original vision and changed fundamental aspects of our country, from immigration, to the role of American labor in the economy, from modern police strategies, to the importance of religion in our political discourse.

America in the 21st Century remains rooted in the Great American experiment in democracy that began in 1776. For all the changes our economy and our cultural and demographic make-up, there remains a straight line from the first Founders’ original vision, to the principles and ideals of today’s courageous modern day pioneers.

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This book is a pedagogic, nonpartisan text where, former Washington Post journalist and reporter, Juan Williams, takes a wide stance on civil rights, social liberties, legislative issues, women's activist developments, urban planning, foreign and social policy, and environmentalism. In his book, We the People, he identifies catalysts who sparked change in America and gives an academic sentiment on how things today moved toward becoming what they are.

In a time where populist movement and the desire for social reform are in a epic battle, this work provides hope and a reinvigorated belief in the power of the human mind and its ability to generate persuasive ideas and portray varying ideologies.

I enjoyed how Williams indicates the manner in which resulting eras kept the solemn promise to those who made our republic by expanding on their work and explicitly confronting new, and old, issues. His representations of prominent, as well as the “hidden”, figures, in our national history demonstrates why society must be primed for introspection.

While he makes compelling correlations between American life at various times, I did not like how, at times, some of the people appeared to be imperative for the wrong reasons. Be that as it may, Williams weaves together a rich literary tapestry of the individuals who have aided in the quilting of a diverse nation.

While I think everyone should at the very least skim this book, lovers of political science should add this to their bookshelves, whether virtual or physical.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book through Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.
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About Juan Williams
Juan Williams, one of America’s leading journalists, is a political analyst for Fox News, a regular panelist on Fox Broadcasting’s Sunday morning public affairs program, “Fox News Sunday,” and a columnist for FoxNews.com and for The Hill. He hoasted NPR’s Talk of the Nation and has anchored Fox News Channel’s weekend daytime news coverage. A former senior correspondent and political analyst for National Public Radio, he is the author of the bestselling book Enough; the critically acclaimed biography Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary; and the national bestseller Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965, the companion volume to the critically acclaimed television series. During his 21-year career at The Washington Post, Williams served as an editorial writer, op-ed columnist, and White House reporter. His articles have appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, The Atlantic Monthly, Ebony, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, and The New Republic.