Title: Rereading America

Edited by Gary Colombo, Robert Cullen, and Bonnie Lisle

Publishing Info: (1986) Bedford Books              ISBN#: 0-312-14837-2

General Catagory: Non-Fiction

Genre: Anthology // Essay

Sub-genre: Cultural Criticism

Nationality: - American

Time Period: 20th Century / Contemporary

First and Last Read: August 1999

Rated: - ?

Use: ENG153, Freshman Expository Writing

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Table of Contents

Chapter One
Harmony at Home: The Myth of the Model Family . . .17

A Family Tree, Freedom from Want; Freedom from Fear . . .21
Norman Rockwell

Myths of Family Past . . .25
John R. Gillis

Looking for Work . . .42
Gary Soto

Growing Pains: Beyond "One Big Happy Family . . .47
Anndee Hochman

What We Really Miss About the 1950's . . .55
Stephanie Coontz

Television's Transformative Role in courtroom Justice for Woman and Children . . .71
Elizabeth Dodson Gray

The Coming White Underclass . . .81
Charles Murray

The Speech of Miss Polly Baker . . .88
Benjamin Franklin

From "Dubious Conceptions: The Politics of Teenage Pregnancy" . . .91
Kristin Luker

An Indian Story . . .109
Roger Jack

Envy . . .118
Bebe Moore Campbell

Black Women and Motherhood . . .131
Patricia Hill Collins

Aunt Ida Pieces a Quilt . . .149
Melvin Dixon

Chapter Two
Learning Power: The Myth of Education and Empowerment . . .153

From "Report of the French Commission on American Education, 1879 . . .159

The Seven-Lesson Schoolteacher . . .166
John Taylor Gatto

"I Just Wanna Be Average" . . .174
Mike Rose

From "Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work" . . .186
Jean Anyon

The Anchievement of Desire . . .202
Richard Rodriguez

Para Teresa . . .216
Ines Hernandez-Avila

Learning to Read . . .219
Malcom X

Higher Education: Colder by Degrees . . .228
Myra Sadker and David Sadker

Silence . . .251
Maxine Hong Kingston

Connected Education for Women . . .256
Blythe McVicker Clinchy, Mary Field Belenky, Nancy Goldberger, and Jill Mattuck Tarule

Politics in the Schoolroom . . .263
Lynne V. Cheney

The Computerized Campus . . .277
Theodore Roszak

The Hard Part is Making It Happen . . .289
Deborah Meier and Paul Schwarz

Chapter Three
Money and Success: The Myth of Individual Opportunity . . .303

From "Ragged Dick" . . .306
Horatio Alger

From "Colin Powell: Straight to the Top" . . .314
Rose Blue and Corinne J. Naden

Horatio Alger . . .320
Harlon Dalton

Stephen Cruz . . .326
Studs Terkel

Rewards and Opportunities: The Politics and Economics of Class in the USA . . .331
Gregory Mantsios

The Lesson . . 348
Toni Cade Bambara

Have-Mores and Have-Lesses . . .356
Donald L. Bartlett and James B. Steele

Streets of Gold: The Myth of the Model Minority . . .366
Curtis Chang

The Black Avenger . . .376
Ken Hamblin

Number One! . ..385
Jill Nelson

Good Noise: Cora Tucker. . 390
Anne Witte Garland

You're Short, Besides! . . .401
Sucheng Chang

Chapter Four
True Women and Real Men: Myths of Gender . . .409

How the Americans Understand the Equality of the Sexes . . .414
Alexis de Tocqueville

Girl . . .418
Jamaica Kincaid

Becoming Members of Society: Learning the Social Meaning of Gender . . .421
Holly Devor

Nora Quealey . . .430
Jean Reith Schroedel

The Story of My Body . . .436
Judith Ortiz Cofer

Me Macho, You Jane . . .446
Dagoberto Gilb

Advertisitng and the Construction of Violent White Masculinity . . .458
Jackson Katz

Boys Will Be Boys and Girls Will Not . . .468
Mariah Burton Nelson

Sexism and Misogyny: Who Takes the Rap? . . .438
Bell Hooks

The Gender Wardens . . .491
Christina Hoff Sommers

Appearances . . .503
Carmen Vazquez

The Two . . .512
Gloria Naylor

Where I Come from Is Like This . . .520
Paula Gunn Allen

Chapter Five
Created Equal: The Myth of the Melting Pot . . .528

From "Notes of the State of Virginia" . . .532
Thomas Jefferson

A Different Mirror . . .538
Ronald Takaki

Three Thousand Dollar Death Song . . .557
Wendy Rose

We, the Dangerous . . .560
Janice Mirikitani

Causes of Prejudice . . .562
Vincent N. Parrillo

C.P. Eillis . . .575
Studs Terkel

From "Individual to Structural Discrimination . . .586
Fred L. Pincus

Fences Against Freedom . . .594
Leslie Marmon Silko

Town Hall Television . . .604
Patricia J. Williams

I'm Black, You're White, Who's Innocent? . . .612
Shelby Steele

Color Blind: The Whiteness of Whiteness . . .623
Jane Lazarre

Can a New Race Surmount Old Prejudices? . . .635
Ellis Cose

Gray Boys, Funky Aztecs, and Honorary Homegirls . . .652
Lynell George

La conciencia de la mestiza/Towards a New consciousness . . 665
Glora Anzaldua

Child of the Americas . ..675
Aurora Levins Morales

Chapter Six
Liberty and Justice for All: The Myth of Freedom . . .678

Declaration of Independence . . .684
Thomas Jefferson

New Peoples and New Societies . . .688
Colin G. Calloway

Easy in the Harness: The Tyranny of Freedom . . .695
Gerry Spence

Past Present . . .705
Jimmy Santiago Baca

Freedom Time . . .712
June Jordan

TV, Freedom, and the Loss of Community . . .718
Bill McKibben

What Rights Do We Have? . . .732
David Boaz

Hate Radio . . .746
Patricia J. Williams

The Price of Admission: Harassment and Free Speech in the Wild, Wild West. . .755
Stephanie Brail

Freeing Choices . . .769
Nancy Mairs

The Bridge Builder: Kathleen Boatwright . . .780
Eric Marcus

Let America be America Again . . .789
Langston Hughes

Index of Authors and Titles . . .799