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Table of Contents
* Denotes selections new to this edition.
What to Do About the Schools?
*Paul E. Petersen, A Liberal Case for Vouchers.
*Martin Carnoy, Do School Vouchers Improve School Performance?
Susan Tarves, Another Kind of School Choice.
*Marc Fisher, To Each His Own.
Jonathan Kozol, A Tale of Two Schools: How Poor Children Are Lost to the World.
Charles Dickens, What Is a Horse?
Jerome Stern, What They Learn in School.
What's College For?
Bell Hooks, Pedagogy and Political Commitment: A Comment.
Gary B. Trudeau, Doonesbury.
Ads for Hofstra University and Yeshiva University.
John Searle, The Case for a Traditional Liberal Arts Education.
Literacy Narratives: How Did You Become Literate?
Frederick Douglass, from The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
* Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper.
* Marcus Gilmore, The Human Contact Zone.
* Mary Ann Williams, Turning Topsy Turvey.
Min-Zhan Lu, From Silence to Words: Writing as Struggle.
Chi-Fan Jennifer Ku, An Internal Divide.
Should We Have a National Language?
Victor Villanueva, Jr., Whose Voice Is It? Rodriguez' Speech in Retrospect.
Ron Unz and Gloria Matta Tuchman, The English Education for Children Initiative.
American Civil Liberties Union, Briefing Paper on `English Only'.
Should There Be-Or Can There Be-A "Standard" English?
* Amy Tan, Mother Tongue.
Geneva Smitherman, White English in Blackface, or Who Do I Be?
* Eldridge Cleaver, We Need to Rescue Kids from Ebonics.
On Ebonics: A Discussion of Black English.
Gary Larson, The Far Side.
Is English Sexist?
* David F. Sally, Genderator I.I: A Modish Proposal.
New Yorker, You'll Just Love the Way He Handles.
Deborah Tannen, CrossTalk.
3. Race and Gender.
Karla Brundage, Passing.
Linda Hogan, The History of Red and Heritage.
Demian Hess, But You Don't Look Chinese.
Ranier Spencer, Race and Mixed Race: A Personal Tour.
Letters from and Between John Adams and Abigail Adams.
Susan Glaspell, Trifles.
* Marge Piercy, Barbie Doll.
* Sharon Olds, Rites of Passage.
* Scott Russell Sanders, The Men We Carry in Our Minds.
Ursula K. Le Guin, Limberlost.
* Nathan Glazer, Should the SAT Account for Race? Yes.
* Abigail Thernstrom, Should the SAT Account for Race? No.
* Susan Sturm and Lani Guinier, The Future of Affirmative Action.
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Harrison Bergeron.
* Tom Toles, Cut the Gordian Knot.
4. Family Matters.
Can the Family Be Saved?
* Steven L. Nock, The Problem with Marriage.
Shere Hite, Bringing Democracy Home.
Stephanie Coontz, How Ignoring Historical and Societal Change Can Put Kids at Risk.
Is Single Parenthood a Problem?
Ellen Willis, Why I'm Not "Pro-Family."
Iris Marion Young, Making Single Motherhood Normal.
Jean Bethke Elshtain, Single Motherhood: A Response to Iris Young.
Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, Rights and Responsibilities: A Response to Iris Young.
Iris Marion Young, Response to Elshtain and Steinfels.
Should Same-Sex Couples Be Permitted to Marry?
* Hadley Arkes, The Closet Straight.
* Ralph Pomeroy, A Tardy Epithalamium for E. and N.
Anna Quindlen, Evan's Two Moms.
Barbara Findlen, Is Marriage the Answer?
* Tom Toles, Cartoon.
5. Civil Liberties and Civil Rights.
Censorship I: Pornography.
President's Commission on Obscenity and Pornography, Minority Report.
Susan Brownmiller, Let's Put Pornography Back in the Closet.
John Irving, Pornography and the New Puritans.
Andrea Dworkin, Reply to John Irving.
Nadine Strossen, The Perils of Pornophobia.
Maria Soto, Is It Pornography?
* Censorship II: The Napster Case.
* David Grad, Sound Off.
* Ruben Bolling, Tom the Dancing Bug Presents.
* Paul Winston, Copying This Article Is Strictly Forbidden.
* Steve Smith, Napster = Betamax.
On Civil Disobedience.
Mahatma Gandhi, Letter to Lord Irwin.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Love, Law, and Civil Disobedience.
Public Statement by Eight Alabama Clergymen.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail.
* Malcolm X, Message to the Grass Roots.
Should Abortion Be Legal?
Sallie Tisdale, We Do Abortions Here.
Mary Meehan, A Pro-Life View from the Left.
* Anna Quindlen, Abortion Is Too Complex to Feel All One Way About.
Mike Royko, A Pox on Both Your Houses.
Jim McCloskey and Mike Luckovich, Cartoons.
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Rights.
Bruce Bawer, Notes on Stonewall.
John Berresford, Rights and Responsibilities, Not Freebies and Frolics.
Dan Chaon, Transformations.
* Peter J. Gomes, Homophobic? Read Your Bible.
* Mike Ritter, Cartoon.
6. Crime and Punishment.
Should Guns Be Regulated?
Roy Innis, Gun Control Sprouts from Racist Soil.
Elizabeth Swazey, Women and Handguns.
National Rifle Association, Don't Edit the Bill of Rights.
Paul Lawton, Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment.
Robert Goldwin, Gun Control Is Constitutional.
Responses to Robert Goldwin.
Daniel Polsby, The False Promise of Gun Control.
Edward I. Koch, Death and Justice.
Jacob Weisberg, This Is Your Death.
Doug Marlette, Cartoon.
Should Drugs Be Legalized?
William Bennett, Should Drugs Be Legalized?
Milton Friedman, Prohibition and Drugs.
Milton Friedman, An Open Letter to Bill Bennett.
William Bennett, A Response to Milton Friedman.
Milton Friedman, A Response to William Bennett.
* Common Sense For Drug Policy, Wanted: "Drug Czar."
* Charles Van Deventer, I'm Proof: The War on Drugs iI Working.
7. Science and Society.
Should Research on Cloning Be Permitted?
Charles Krauthammer, Of (Headless) Mice and Men.
* Scott Adams, Dilbert Cartoon.
Virginia Postrel, Fatalist Attraction.
* John Kilner, Stop Cloning Around.
* Kenan Malik, The Moral Clone (essay).
How Should We Fight AIDS?
Ann Louise Bardach, The White Cloud.
AIDS Prevention Posters.
* At What Price Wilderness?
* Wallace Stegner, A Wilderness Letter.
* William Cronon, The Trouble with Wilderness.
* Samuel P. Hayes, Response to William Cronon.
What Do You Make of the Internet?
M. Kadi, Welcome to Cyberia.
Howard Rheingold, The Virtual Community.
Stephen Doheny-Farina, Immersive Virtualists and Wired Communitarians.
David Horsey, roken Promises of the Computer Age.