Holding Together: The Hijacking of Rights in America and How to Reclaim Them for Everyone (Hardcover)
A bold new assessment of the multipronged attack on rights in the United States, and how to push back
An overwhelming majority of Americans agree that rights are essential to their freedom, and that rights today are severely threatened. The promise of rights has been reimagined at pivotal moments in American history--from the American Revolution to the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement. Can today become another time of transformation?
Holding Together is about the promise of rights as a source of American identity, the struggle to realize rights by countless Americans to whom the promise has been denied or not fulfilled, the hijacking of rights by politicians who seek power by dividing and polarizing, and the way forward in which rights can bring Americans together instead of tearing them apart.
Drawing on a series of town hall meetings with representative groups of citizens across the country discussing their concerns over rights, new national opinion polls from all demographic groups and political perspectives conducted in 2020 and 2021, and extensive research, Holding Together is a road map for an American rights revival.
John Shattuck, Sushma Raman, and Mathias Risse present a comprehensive account of the current state of rights in the United States--and concrete recommendations to policy makers and citizens on how to reclaim them.
About the Author
John Shattuck is a senior fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University and Professor of Practice at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He is a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; former Washington director of the American Civil Liberties Union; and author of Freedom on Fire: Human Rights Wars and America's Response and co-author (with Sushma Raman and Mathias Risse) of Holding Together: The Hijacking of Rights in America and How to Reclaim Them for Everyone (The New Press). Sushma Raman is the executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University and former program officer for the Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundation. She is the co-author (with Bill Schulz) of The Coming Good Society: Why New Realities Demand New Rights and co-author (with John Shattuck and Mathias Risse) of Holding Together: The Hijacking of Rights in America and How to Reclaim Them for Everyone (The New Press).Mathias Risse is Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights, Global Affairs, and Philosophy and the director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University. The co-author (with John Shattuck and Sushma Raman) of Holding Together: The Highjacking of Rights in America and How to Reclaim Them for Everyone (The New Press), he lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.