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Assignment Questions

Civil Rights and Society

* Civil Rights and Society: U.S. and Global Perspectives*

Note: The first question is required All the answers can be formulated thru the Internet,class discussions, magazine and newspaper articles which have been given out in class and your own ideas.

Question 1: You have just been elected the President of the Federated Republic of Rio Grande Do Sul, a country rich in both mineral and agricultural resources and is embarking on industrialization and has began making inroads into the international global marketplace and becoming a major
player in the region. You have to present to the Rio Grande Do Sul Congress a basic plan that lays out the groundwork for the country”s political, social and economic future. The following factors must be taken into account while preparing the plan:

* Your country has been under a right wing military dictatorship for 20 years and the current elected government which took over from the military 8 years ago is oriented towards the right of center with a majority of its” members
from a small political and business elite (note you are considered an “outsider” because most of your support came from the left of the political spectrum, i.e. the working poor and the alienated);

* Your supporters who until now have been “left out” of the system, are now demanding to get the “fruits” of the system, i.e. universal health care, education, low cost housing, jobs with a future, decent farm land and control of their destiny and a country free from outside forces both political and economic;

* The country”s economics is ruled by a small elite with ties to the international multi-corporations and financial institutions and the U.S. and see you as a threat because of your “revolutionary ideas” even though you have moderated them which have now created some friction within your supporters (note: it is one thing to be the “outsider looking in” but quite another to be the “insider looking out”);

* To counter you before you even take office, the congress has passed legislation which severely limits your ability to govern which their consent, i.e. in the areas of appointments, policy changes, and legislative initiatives etc. Without radical changes, the country will remain in the status quo and your supporters resentment will “boil over”, and too much change will alienate the middle class,
the business leadership and the power elite. Thus your plan must be able to placate all sides.

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