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BRIA 22 1

Bill of Rights in Action
Winter 2005 (22:1)

Standards for the Time

In times of change, standards are questioned. This issue of Bill of Rights in Action looks at three instances of such questioning. The first article examines Transcendentalism, the pre-Civil War movement that began by questioning Puritanism and Unitarianism. The second article looks at Petrarch, the 14th-century writer who experimented with new styles of writing and attempted to reconcile his Christian faith with his love of ancient Roman culture. The final article explores the issue of whether the absolute ban on torture makes sense in an age of terrorism.

U.S. History: The Transcendentalists in Action

World History: Petrarch, the Father of Humanism

Current Issues: Is Torture Ever Justified?


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Officers: Louis P. Eatman, President; Publications Committee: Marvin S. Sears, Chairperson; Gerald Chaleff, Katrina M. Dewey, Marshall P. Horowitz, Gail Migdal Title, Thomas E Patterson, Patrick Rogan, Peggy Saferstein, Paul W.A. Severin, Douglas Thompson, Lois Thompson, Carlton Varner. Staff: Todd Clark, Executive Director; Marshall L. Croddy, Director of Programs; Carlton Martz, Writer; Bill Hayes, Editor; Andrew Costly, Production Manager; Marshall P. Horowitz,CRF Board Reviewer; Jack Beard (UCLA School of Law), Academic Reviewer for the torture article.

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