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The Dilemma of Human Rights: A World Dimension

Bob Cottrell.

I will focus on the campaign to protect human rights during the course of the 20th Century. I will open with a look at the work of Roger Nash Baldwin, founder of the American Civil Liberties
Union, before exploring the impact of totalitarianism during the interwar period. Then, I will pinpoint the contributions of Elie Wiesel, Vaclav Havel, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Doan Viet
Hoat. I will conclude with a look at human rights dilemmas on the world stage today.


Bob Cottrell  (United States)
Professor of History & American Studies
Department of History and American Studies Program
California State University, Chico

I am a Professor of History
and American Studies at
California State University,
Chico, where I have been
teaching since 1984. I am
the author of the following
books: Izzy: A Biography of I. F. Stone (Rutgers University Press, 1992); The Social Gospel of E. Nicholas Comfort: Founder of the Oklahoma School of Religion (University of Oklahoma Press, 1997); Roger Nash Baldwin and the American Civil Liberties Union (Columbia University Press, 2000); The Best Pitcher in Baseball: The Life of Rube Foster, Negro League Founder (New York University Press, 2001); Blackball, the Black Sox and the Babe: Baseball's Crucial 1920 Season (McFarland Press); Uncertain Order: The World in the Twentieth Century (Prentice-Hall, 2002). I am co-authoring a pair of volumes, Lives in Western Civilization, to be published by Prentice-Hall (2003

  • Human rights
  • Personal freedoms
  • Liberty
  • Social justice
  • Peace
Person as Subject
  • Roger Nash Baldwin Elie Wiesel Vaclav Havel Mikhail Gorbachev Doan Viet Hoat

(30 min Conference Paper, English)