The Port Huron Statement Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Port Huron Statement
An examination of the Port Huron Statement and its relevance to American society day.
# 128886 | 2,365 words | 2 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper looks at the Port Huron Statement that was written by members of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and describes how the Statement addresses many of the societal ills that plagued the country at the time. The paper discusses the strength and weakness of this Statement and its relevance to the America of today. The writer then offers a personal critique of American democratic society today and its economic, democratic and social ills.

From the Paper:

"At the base of the statement is a quest for change and a fear of American apathy and non-involvement. The Students write about a generation that is happy to settle for things the way they are, rather than working for change and innovation, and it frightens them. To be sure, the statement is naive in many ways, and idealistic, but it addresses some of the basic problems facing the nation at the time. They take on just about every social ill, from prejudice and subjugation to schools and their lagging curriculums. The Students write, "The questions we might want raised -- what is really important? can we live in a different and better way? if we wanted to change society, how would we do it? -- are not thought to be questions of a 'fruitful, empirical nature,' and thus are brushed aside." The Students are critical of universities because they believe they are the agents of social change, and they are falling behind in their duties. The Students are critical of other institutions too, but the university issue remains an important element of this Statement. So important, that Tom Hayden addresses it in a "new" Port Huron Statement written in 2006."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hayden, Tom. 2006. Tom Hayden's new Port Huron Statement. Los Angeles, CA: Online. Available from Internet,, accessed 20 November 2008.
  • Students for a Democratic Society. 2008. Port Huron statement of the Students for a Democratic Society, 1962. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University. On-line. Available from Internet,, accessed 20 November 2008.

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