CORE Reading List

I'm so Glad I'm Livin' in the U.S.A. by Peter Carlson

The Distribution of Income by Milton Friedman

Excerpt from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

An Egalitarian Theory of Justice by John Rawls

Who Am I by Anonymous

Shorter Readings

The Declaration of Independence
The Bill of Rights
The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments (1848)
The Letter from Birmingham Jail
Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
Turner, The Significance of the Frontier in American History
Poems by Emily Dickenson
Shaw, The Fundamental Principle of a Republic
Truth, Ain’t I a Woman?
Douglass, What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?
Lazarus, The New Colossus
DuBois, Of Our Spiritual Strivings
Beauvoir, The Second Sex
McIntosh, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
Martin, The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles
Paglia, Rape and the Modern Sex War
Hammad, A Road Still Becoming
Plato, The Allegory of the Cave
The Sermon on the Plain
The Sermon on the Mount
The Acts of the Apostles
Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Conwell, Acres of Diamonds
Garland, Under the Lion’s Paw
Roosevelt, An Economic Bill of Rights
Reich, Why the Rich Are Getting Richer and the Poor, Poorer
Crittenden, The Price of Motherhood

Longer Readings

It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop by M.K. Asante
Angry Black White Boy by Adam Mansbach
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
The Battle for God by Karen Armstrong
Methland by Nick Redding
Sex Trafficking: The Global Market in Women and Children by Kathryn Farr
Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam