First, examine the Port Huron Statement’s themes, issues and concerns in light of the relevant American history of the last forty years, by any standard a tremendously eventful period. What were/are its’ strengths and weaknesses? How well does the Statement stand up as a historical commentary and analysis?
Second, create your own critique and vision of American democratic society at the beginning of a new century and millenium. Where are we as a people and where do we need to go? Are the needs of young people and families being met? Are stress levels higher, lower, or unchanged from 1962? Are families better or worse off, and why? What’s right, what’s wrong, what’s weak, what’s strong as you view the past, present, and future of American democracy?
The paper must reflect your knowledge and insights, as well as your hopes and fears,to be successful.