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The Birth of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Social Education (1998)
  • Michael Cooper, Georgetown University Law Center

This short article, written for an audience of U.S. based social science teachers, reviews the historical circumstances surrounding the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which the United Nations General Assembly adopted on December 10, 1948. The narrative focuses attention on the negotiating process and, in particular, Eleanor Roosevelt’s role as Chair of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, which drafted the landmark document.

  • udhr,
  • universal declaration of human rights,
  • human rights,
  • eleanor roosevelt
Publication Date
September, 1998
Publisher Statement
“Social Education” is the Official Journal of the National Council for the Social Sciences.
Citation Information
Michael Cooper. "The Birth of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights" Social Education Vol. 62 Iss. 5 (1998)
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