Universal Human Rights Month

By Colleen Rowe | December 2 2021 | Humanities & Social SciencesHuman Rights

December is Universal Human Rights Month. This month is a reminder that the United Nations General Assembly codified the basic human rights of every person. It’s also a time to reflect on the way we treat others, and to do what we can in the fight for equality.

 

We have provided a book list to assist in educating on the importance of human rights.

 

The Rights of Man

H. G. Wells’s passionate and influential manifesto was first published in England in 1940 in response to World War II. In the face of a global miscarriage of justice, The Rights of Man made a clear statement of mankind’s responsibilities to itself. 

 

Penguin Book of Migration Literature

Organized in four parts (Departures, Arrivals, Generations, and Returns), The Penguin Book of Migration Literature conveys the intricacy of worldwide migration patterns, the diversity of immigrant experiences, and the commonalities among many of those diverse experiences.

 

They Called Us Enemy

Here is a stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei’s childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II, depicting the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism.

 

Tales of Two Americas

In Tales of Two Americas, some of the literary world’s most exciting writers share their powerful stories, essays, and poems, demonstrating how boundaries break down when experiences are shared, and that in sharing our stories we can help to alleviate a suffering that touches so many people.

 

World Report 2021

Here are the human rights records of more than ninety countries and territories. The annual World Report is an invaluable resource for journalists, diplomats, and citizens, and is a must-read for anyone interested in the fight to protect human rights in every corner of the globe.

 

Stolen Voices

In Stolen Voices, Zlata Filipovic and co-editor Melanie Challenger have gathered fifteen diaries of young people coping with war, from World War I to the struggle in Iraq that continues today. They are profoundly affecting testimonies of shattered youth and the gritty particulars of war.

 

A Map Is Only One Story

Selected from the archives of Catapult magazine, the essays in A Map Is Only One Story highlight the human side of immigration policies and polarized rhetoric, as twenty writers share provocative personal stories of existing between languages and cultures.


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The Rights of Man
978-0-525-43234-0
H. G. Wells’s passionate and influential manifesto—never before available in the United States—was first published in England in 1940 in response to World War II. The progressive ideas Wells set out were instrumental in the creation of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights, and the UK’s Human Rights Act. In the face of a global miscarriage of justice, The Rights of Man made a clear statement of mankind’s responsibilities to itself. 
$10.00 US
Mar 21, 2017
Paperback
176 Pages
Vintage

They Called Us Enemy
978-1-60309-450-4
New York Times Bestseller!A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon -- and America itself -- in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.
$19.99 US
Jul 16, 2019
Paperback
208 Pages
Top Shelf Productions

Tales of Two Americas
Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation
978-0-14-313103-8
Thirty-four major contemporary writers--including Anthony Doerr, Ann Patchett, Roxane Gay, Edwidge Danticat, Rebecca Solnit, Joyce Carol Oates, Hector Tobar, and Karen Russell--examine life in a deeply divided America.
$17.00 US
Sep 05, 2017
Paperback
352 Pages
Penguin Books

World Report 2021
Events of 2020
978-1-64421-028-4
The best country-by-country assessment of human rights.
$34.00 US
Feb 09, 2021
Paperback
684 Pages
Seven Stories Press

Stolen Voices
Young People's War Diaries, from World War I to Iraq
978-0-14-303871-9
From the author of the international bestseller Zlata’s Diary comes a haunting testament to how war’s brutality affects the lives of young peopleZlata Filipovic’s diary of her harrowing war experiences in the Balkans, published in 1993, made her a globally recognized spokesperson for children affected by military conflict. In Stolen Voices, she and co-editor Melanie Challenger have gathered fifteen diaries of young people coping with war, from World War I to the struggle in Iraq that continues today. Profoundly affecting testimonies of shattered youth and the gritty particulars of war in the tradition of Anne Frank, this extraordinary collection— the first of its kind—is sure to leave a lasting impression on young and old readers alike.
$16.00 US
Dec 26, 2006
Paperback
320 Pages
Penguin Books

A Map Is Only One Story
Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home
978-1-948226-78-3
From rediscovering an ancestral village in China to experiencing the realities of American life as a Nigerian, the search for belonging crosses borders and generations. Selected from the archives of Catapult magazine, the essays in A Map Is Only One Story highlight the human side of immigration policies and polarized rhetoric, as twenty writers share provocative personal stories of existing between languages and cultures.Victoria Blanco relates how those with family in both El Paso and Ciudad Juárez experience life on the border. Nina Li Coomes recalls the heroines of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki and what they taught her about her bicultural identity. Nur Nasreen Ibrahim details her grandfather’s crossing of the India-Pakistan border sixty years after Partition. Krystal A. Sital writes of how undocumented status in the United States can impact love and relationships. Porochista Khakpour describes the challenges in writing (and rewriting) Iranian America. Through the power of personal narratives, as told by both emerging and established writers, A Map Is Only One Story offers a new definition of home in the twenty-first century.
$16.95 US
Feb 11, 2020
Paperback
240 Pages
Catapult