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  • First Principles Series Report posted March 28, 2014 by Peter C. Myers Martin Luther King, Jr., and the American Dream

    On August 28, 1963, delivering the culminating address at the greatest mass-protest demonstration in U.S. history, Martin Luther King, Jr., summoned all of his listeners to think anew about the heritage and promise of America. Speaking in the “symbolic shadow” of the most revered American of all, he ascended the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to remind them of the…

  • First Principles Series Report posted January 11, 2011 by Peter C. Myers Frederick Douglass’s America: Race, Justice, and the Promise of the Founding

    Abstract: Nearly 50 years after Martin Luther King delivered his memorable “I have a dream” speech, there is a growing consensus that the civil rights movement, despite some important victories, has been a failure. While conceding that these critics have a point, Peter C. Myers faults them for embracing a radical critique of America that rejects America’s founding…

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