Publisher description for A history of hope : when Americans have dared to dream of a better future / by James W. Fraser.

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Counter Fraser chronicles the indomitable American spirit that has kept us going, even in our country's darkest days. Whether it was the impoverished people of New Mexico who declared, "Our purpose is to protect the rights and interests of the people in general," or the runaway slave Joseph Taper writing "all are born free and equal." or Jefferson's "self-evident truths," hope for a better future has always been a part of the story of the United States, no matter whether it came from the agitator, the poet, the union organizer or the official leader. James Fraser reminds us of a history rooted in optimism, a history more important now than it ever was.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: United States History Anecdotes, Hope Anecdotes, United States Biography Anecdotes, Political activists United States Biography Anecdotes, Social reformers United States Biography Anecdotes, National characteristics, American Anecdotes, Social movements United States History Anecdotes