"for students doing in-depth research, this up-to-date set would be the one to use."--Reed/Elsevier
"...insight into emerging concepts of rights and a global perspective of successes and failures in civil rights movements." -- Book News (2007)
Human and Civil Rights: Essential Primary Sources provides insight into two centuries of struggle for human and civil rights and the issues that struggle engenders. Human rights are universal guarantees of security of person and freedom of conscience for all individuals regardless of nation, ethnicity, race, religion, or gender. The preamble of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 states: "…recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world… disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people…" (continued... download to read more) -- K. Lee Lerner, Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, & Adrienne Wilmoth Lerner, editors. Paris and London. June 2006.