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A brief history of human rights
by Samuel Moyn
About this EXP
Samuel Moyn, Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence and Professor of History at Yale University, examines the development of human rights.
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Key point 1
The modern concept of the “Rights of Man” is born out of the French and American revolutions.
Key point 2
The first declarations of rights founded new states, but then moved to rights of women, people of ethnic backgrounds and rights to work, health and basic income.
Key point 3
In the 1960s and 1970s, international movements that demanded human rights rekindled socialist ideals.
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