Hidden in Plain Sight: The Tragedy of Children's Rights from Ben Franklin to Lionel Tate

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Tragedy of Children's Rights from Ben Franklin to Lionel Tate

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Hidden in Plain Sight tells the tragic untold story of children's rights in America. It asks why the United States today, alone among nations, rejects the most universally embraced human-rights document in history, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This book is a call to arms for America to again be a leader in human rights, and to join the rest of the civilized world in recognizing that the thirst for justice is not for adults alone. Barbara Bennett Woodhouse explores the meaning of children's rights throughout American history, interweaving the childhood stories of iconic figures such as Benjamin Franklin with those of children less known but no less courageous, like the heroic youngsters who marched for civil rights. How did America become a place where twelve-year-old Lionel Tate could be sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 1999 death of a young playmate? In answering questions like this, Woodhouse challenges those who misguidedly believe that America's children already have more rights than they need, or that children's rights pose a threat to parental autonomy or family values. She reveals why fundamental human rights and principles of dignity, equality, privacy, protection, and voice are essential to a child's journey into adulthood, and why understanding rights for children leads to a better understanding of human rights for all. Compassionate, wise, and deeply moving, Hidden in Plain Sight will force an examination of our national resistance--and moral responsibility--to recognize children's rights. Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions.We are going on a field trip to the state capital next month, and will do something interesting there. As you picture these activities, recall that these children are all se- verely and profoundly retarded with multiple physical, developmental, andanbsp;...


Title:Hidden in Plain Sight: The Tragedy of Children's Rights from Ben Franklin to Lionel Tate
Author: Barbara Bennett Woodhouse
Publisher:Princeton University Press - 2010-01-25
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