Annotated Bibliography Essay

Alan Brinkley. ‘Liberty,Community and The National Idea’
Alan Brinkley is a professor of American history at Columbia University and the author
of the The End of the Reform. This article is from The American Prospect Online which is a
liberal newspaper. As long as it is a daily newspaper you don’t have to be an expert to
understand the article. He talks about American liberalism, the argument between the
communitarians and liberals, the individualist strain, community and nation, and the limits of
communitarianism. He uses sources very much sometimes showing the lacking points in
them and sometimes to prove his opinions. His sentences are long and the words he use are
not so sofisticated. This article is useful for my paper in understanding what
communitarianism is what should be its limits.

Sen. John F. Kennedy, acceptance of the New York Liberal Party Nomination
John Kennedy who was an American President tells what liberalism is and tries to make
the definiton of the word ‘liberal’ clear. After that definition he says he’s proud to be a liberal
in that sense. He talks about their roots of liberalism and their goals for the country with the
help of liberalism. As he was a president reader should not be an expert to understand it. He
uses other people’s words like the words of Winston Churchill. This is not a detailed work
and sentences are very clear. It helped me to understand the word liberalism better in order to
use for my paper.
Walter Williams. ‘ Nations Must Shift To Sensible Liberalism’
Walter Williams is a professor in University of Washington’s Daniel J. Evans School
of Public Affairs and author of ‘ Honest Numbers and Democracy ‘. This article is from
Seattle Times which is again a liberal newspaper. The writer gives reasons about why nations
must shift to sensible liberalism. He explains who realistic and sensible liberals are. He
agrees that considerable state intervention is required and gives reasons why it’s like that. He
also talks about left liberalists. You shouldn’t be an expert to read it. Ideas and sentences are
very clear; words aren’t sophisticated. He uses other professors’ books as his sources. Topics
are explained in detail. This article was useful for my paper because it talks about the kind of
liberalism I believe and that’s also what left liberals believe, in that sense it became easier for
me to prove my opininos.

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Harold Meyerson. ‘ Why Liberalism Fled The City…’
Harold Meyerson is executive editor of L.A Weekly and a member of Dissent editorial
board. This article is from the American Prospect Online which is a liberal newspaper. He
explains the political decay of American liberalism by giving city examples. He gives reasons
about why liberal politics collapsed in great cities. He also talks about individual and
community, the urban liberal prospect, and the new order and its discontents. This is a very
detailed article wtih lots of datas, sentences are long and complicated. It gives a lot of
information about mayor elections in USA with lots of statistics. One should have an
idea of USA in order to understand the article clearly. The part that talks about ‘the
individual and communtiy’ helped me to understand the relationship between them better.

Encyclopaedia Britannica. ‘Liberalism’
This is taken from an encyclopedia and really makes a person to understand what
liberalism is. It gives the definiton of liberalism and then explains the historical background
of liberalism, liberal conflicts of interest, liberal formula, contemporary liberalism, the liberal
program, the future of liberalism and the changing nature of liberalism. It’s very detailed but
every reader can understand it. All the topics necessary for understanding an ideology is
included. It’s also very well organized. We can find a lot of examples, datas and statistics.

It helped me to understand the term ‘liberalism’ better but not only the term. It was useful for
my source because it talks about the future and changing nature of liberalism.

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