Manfred Berg & Martin H. Geyer, eds.

Two Cultures of Rights: The Quest for Inclusion and Participation in Modern America and Germany

Publications of the German Historical Institute. Cambridge University Press, 2002.

This book addresses key issues in the historical struggle for civil rights, political rights, and social rights in the United States and Germany from the late nineteenth century to the present. The essays address issues such as the struggle for the rights of women and minorities (including African Americans, Jews, and Asians), National Socialism and the dismantling of civil rights, and the emergence of the concept of social rights. What becomes clear are the unique features that distinguish German from American history and that these differences have been created by both social movements and dissimilar cultures of rights.