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By Barbara Bennett Woodhouse

ISBN-10: 0691126909

ISBN-13: 9780691126906

Hidden in simple Sight tells the tragic untold tale of kid's rights in the US. It asks why the U.S. at the present time, on my own between countries, rejects the main universally embraced human-rights record in historical past, the United countries conference at the Rights of the kid. This ebook is a decision to palms for the US to back be a pacesetter in human rights, and to hitch the remainder of the civilized global in spotting that the thirst for justice isn't really for adults on my own. Barbara Bennett Woodhouse explores the which means of kid's rights all through American background, interweaving the adolescence tales of iconic figures equivalent to Benjamin Franklin with these of kids much less identified yet no much less brave, just like the heroic childrens who marched for civil rights. How did the USA develop into a spot the place twelve-year-old Lionel Tate can be sentenced to existence in criminal with out parole for the 1999 demise of a tender playmate? In answering questions like this, Woodhouse demanding situations those that misguidedly think that America's teenagers have already got extra rights than they want, or that kid's rights pose a danger to parental autonomy or kinfolk values. She unearths why basic human rights and rules of dignity, equality, privateness, defense, and voice are necessary to a kid's trip into maturity, and why realizing rights for kids ends up in a greater figuring out of human rights for all. Compassionate, clever, and deeply relocating, Hidden in simple Sight will strength an exam of our nationwide resistance--and ethical responsibility--to realize kid's rights.

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The stories in this volume invoke the respect and admiration Americans share for people who see and challenge injustice, who refuse to become jaded or accept defeat, who pull themselves up by their bootstraps. By using quintessentially American stories, I expose the fundamental connections between children’s rights and American values. Readers who have walked with children like Sheyann Webb in the civil rights movement or stood beside children like Lionel Tate in a criminal court will better understand the importance to children of equal protection and due process of law.

The Equality Principle The words “All men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence established an idea that may have been revolutionary in h o w t o t h i n k a b o u t c h i l d r e n ’ s r i g h t s • 39 1776 but has become universally accepted as a bedrock principle of human rights. S. Constitution failed to deliver on this promise of equality—it tolerated slavery and voting rights extended only to white men with property, a small segment of the population. It took the Civil War and passage of the Fourteenth Amendment to make the equality principle explicit in the Constitution.

The experience was a watershed for Tony, but not in the ways one might have feared. Instead of cowing him, it convinced him that he would rather be adopted than remain in foster care, always at the mercy of the arbitrary decisions of the system. But he insisted he would not be adopted by strangers. He made a list of adults he would like to adopt him. One of these adults, a woman I will call Ms. Barnette, had befriended Tony at the church he attended with his foster family. She was active in her community, lived in a tidy two bedroom apartment, had a good job “with benefits,” and her children were all grown.

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