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Gerard McCann and Féilim Ó hAdhmaill

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447349211

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447349211.001.0001

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Human rights and the USA

Human rights and the USA

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(p.65) 5 Human rights and the USA
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International Human Rights, Social Policy & Global
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Peter Collins

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447349211.003.0006

This chapter critically assesses the role of the USA in human rights development both nationally and internationally, its views on international oversight and the idea of ‘American exceptional’. It traces the development of rights nationally from the establishment of the Bill of Rights, through to slavery and civil rights and the war on poverty in the 1960s. It discusses USA influence internationally in the development of the UN Declaration of Human Rights and how West/East ideological differences during the Cold War and geo-political concerns have influenced the current international human rights system. It then examines contemporary USA attitudes to human rights as reflected in policy approaches nationally to welfare provision, inequality, racial and ethnic divisions, the rights of the child, the treatment of prisoners and internationally in terms of foreign policy and ‘the War on Terror’.

Keywords:   USA, Civil Rights, American exceptionalism, War on Terror, United Nations, US foreign policy

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