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Like its best-selling predecessors, the fifth edition ofOur Timesis built entirely aroundverycontemporary selections from a wide variety ofveryrecent periodicals on intriguing topics ofverycurrent interest -- more than ninety percent published since 1996 . With a new profile of the Class of 2000 based on UCLA's national survey of college freshmen, the fifth edition ofOur Timesdoes even more to get students talking about where they stand in relation to their peers as well as to professional writers. And with plenty of selections that can be used as models and an even stronger focus on writing in the unique apparatus,Our Timesshows students how to turn lively discussion about personal and public issues into effective writing.
ROBERT ATWAN founded the Best American Essays series, for which he serves as series editor. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Atlantic Monthly, and Kenyon Review. For Bedford Books, he has edited Ten on Ten: Major Essayists on Recurring Themes and America Now: Short Readings from Recent Periodicals, now in its second edition, and he has coedited, with Donald McQuade, The Writer's Presence: A Pool of Essays, also in its second edition, and, with Jon Roberts, Left, Right, and Center: Voices from across the Political Spectrum.
Table of Contents
Preface for Instructor
Introduction: Reading, Writing, Research, and Class Discussion
Today's Freshman: How Do You Fit the Profile?
Student Information Form
An Overview of the Class of 2000
Selected 1996 Survey Results
More Conservative Than Predecessors
Countdown to the Millennium: What Can We Expect?
Q & A Richard Landes on the Millennium
The Millennium Looms: Do You Know What to Call the New Century?
In The News The Pending Millennium
Back to the Future
Heaven's Gate and the Culture of Popular Millennialism
Stephen D. O'Leary
Self-Image: How Do We Feel about the Way We Look?
My Inner Shrimp
Caught with a Centerfold
The Price of Perfection
Robin Marantz Henig
Advertisement Obsession Fetish
Only Words: Does Language Matter?
M. P. Dunleavey
In The News Speaking of Disabilities
To Throw in a Lot of "Bes," or Not?
Document Linguistics Society of America (LSA) Resolution on the Oakland "Ebonics" Issue
Automobiles: Do We Need Them?
Without a Car in the World
Jane Holtz Kay
Cars and Their Enemies
James Q. Wilson
In The News Car Ads Sell the Fantasy, Not Facts
Advertisement Oldsmobile Intrigue
Gender Differences: How Real Are They?
I'm Sorry, I Won't Apologize
In The News Is Sugar and Spice in Genes of Girls?
"Throwing Like a Girl"
In the Combat Zone
Leslie Marmon Silko
"I'm a Feminist, But ...": Where Is the Women's Movement Headed?
The Independent Woman (and Other Lies)
Exchange A Feminist Redefined, with Replies
The "Fragile American Girl" Myth
Christina Hoff Sommers
Advertisement I'll Never Fight for Women's Rights
Exchange Susan Faludi and Karen Lehrman on Revisionist Feminism
Immigration: Can We Formulate a Policy?
Assimilation, American Style
The Alien Nation: Debunking the Myth
Comment Lamar Smith on Immigration
Go North, Young Man
America's Schools: What's Wrong with Education?
Why Schools Don't Educate
John Taylor Gatto
The Feel-Good Trap
Education for Intimacy
English-Only Laws: Does America Need an Official Language?
Should English Be the Law?
Robert D. King
Comment Robert Dole on English Only
Language and American Citizens
Jean Bethke Elshtain
Advertisement Why an Immigrant Heads an Organization Called U.S. English
Class War: Can the Poor Survive?
William Julius Wilson
Q & A Fran Lebowitz on Money
The Unfinished Agenda: Race, Poverty, and Gender in America
Comment David Whitman on Poor Whites
Speech John J. Sweeney on Working
Same Sex...Any Sex: Is Marriage Obsolete?
For Better or Worse?
Document The Marriage Project
Tying the Gordian Knot
Comment Thomas Sowell on Gay Marriage
Something Old, Something New
Speech Ed Fallon on Same-Sex Marriage
Affirmative Action: Do We Still Need It?
When Principles Get in the Way
Whose Affirmative Action?
Raymond W. Mack
Document SP-1: Resolution of the University of California Board of Regents Adopting a Policy "Ensuring Equal Treatment" of Admissions, 20 July 1995
Comment Jesse Jackson on Civil Rights
Rachel F. Moran
Understanding Multiracialism: Are Labels Important?
Q & A Ann Laurer Stoler on the Construction of Race
"I'm Just Who I Am" (Tiger Woods and the Melding of America)
Jack E. White
In The News Poll Finds Few Support Label of Multiracial
Under My Skin ("Don't Call Me a Person of Color")
Race Needs "Other" Option
Lylah M. Alphonse
Q & A Camille Paglia on the Tyranny of Racial Categories
The Lost Man
Document Human Remains Should Be Reburied
The Unbearable Being of Whiteness
America's Mass Media and Popular Culture: How Does It Influence Us?
Blah, Blah, Blah: Is Anyone Listening?
Talk Is Cheap
Patricia J. Williams
Local News: The Biggest Scandal on TV
Steven D. Stark
Advertisement T.V. is good
Sein of the Times
But First, A Word From Our Sponser
James B. Twitchell
View Masters: The Audience's Power over Media's Message
Alternate Tables of Contents: Rhetorical Patterns, Integrating Information, and Motivations for Writing