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ROOTS OF MODERN CULTURE: How did we get here?

Political:

John Milton's influential Areopagitica made the argument for free speech.

The Idea of a President instead of a king, from James Madison's transcriptions.



Spiritual:

William Blake's The Everlasting Gospel, took God out of the church

And Leo Tolstoy centered on Jesus' teachings in The Gospel According to Leo Tolstoy

Ovid's The Changes explores the classical world before the moralism of Judaism or Christianity.

The Ghazals of Ghalib offers an Urdu poet's vision of the coquettish Beloved God

Gandhi himself, in Gandhi on the Gita gives his personal reading of the Bhagavad Gita, chapter by chapter.

A commentary on the "gospel" of Mark, Mark's Jayzz, examines the stories of Jesus before they were "christianized."



Racism in America:

Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin famously roused the Northern States against slavery.

She continued with Dred, set in South Carolina, four years later.

Long after Britain abolished slavery throughout the Empire, Fannie Kemble's Journal gives an Englishwoman's response to slavery on Georgia plantations.



Shakespeare:

Much of our literature and drama comes from Shakespeare. He is a big marker in our passage to whole humanhood.

Roots: Politics       Roots: Spiritual

Roots: Racism       Roots: Shakespeare



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