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Critical Thinking, Thoughtful Writing, Second Edition
John Chaffee et al.
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Chapter 12 Constructing Arguments: Writing to Persuade

Exploring the Chapter Topic

Lewis Carroll Society of North America
This site has links, information, and resources for those interested in Lewis Carroll---a logician and mathematician, but also the author of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

The New York Times on the Web
This is the online companion to one of the most prominent newspapers in the world. Note the variety of writing styles to be found in the many kinds of articles published in the Times. Some are intended to provide information, while others are clearly intended to persuade. Click on "Editorial/Op-Ed" to read articles with a distinct point of view.

Bjornís Guide to Philosophy: Aristotle
Aristotle was one of the ancient Greek philosophers to give structure to logic and rhetoric. This personal site of a Swedish student provides a great deal of reliable information. The Aristotle pages provide biographical background, online texts, and other resources.

The Democratic National Committee home page

The Republican National Committee home page
These two sites should provide a great starting point if you are interested in finding contrasting views on current U.S. issues.

Exploring the Readings

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U.S. Army Web Site
This is the main site for the U.S. Armyís recruitment efforts. A more general home page is available at

Vietnam Veteranís Memorial Wall Page
This site provides information about the Vietnam Veteranís memorial wall in Washington, D.C. There is a search engine that helps you find information about those listed on the wall itself.

Gore Vidal, "Drugs"
D.A.R.E. America
This is the web site for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program run by the United States government. Recent studies have found the program to be less effective than expected, but many cities and towns still run the program.

A.M. Rosenthal, "The Case for Slavery"
Legalize Front Page
This web site is maintained by "Legalize," an organization devoted to the legalization of marijuana in America.

Drug Laws Do More Harm Than Good
This site espouses Libertarian arguments against the U.S. war on drugs. The sponsor of the site and its relationship to the writers is not immediately evident.

David Gonzalez, "In No Hurry for the Next Leg of the Journey"
Welcome to Calvary Hospital
This is the home page for Calvary Hospital, New York. The hospital specializes in caring for patients who are in the advanced stages of cancer.

National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute website offers a great deal of information on cancer programs and current research.

John L. Miller, "Hospice Care or Assisted Suicide: A False Dichotomy"
Death with Dignity
The Hemlock Society is the largest right-to-die organization in the United States. Their web page offers a wealth of information about the society, and provides viewpoints and arguments in favor of patientsí rights to physician-assisted suicide.

The Kevorkian Papers
This web site provides online access to speeches, transcripts, and legal documents by and about Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a specialist in assisted suicide who has been nicknamed "Dr. Death."

"The Declaration of Independence"
Colonial Hall: The Biographies of the Founding Fathers
This useful site provides short biographical notes for all those who signed the Declaration of Independence.

The Avalon Project at the Yale School of Law
The Avalon project provides online transcriptions of various important documents, like the Declaration of Independence.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, "Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, Seneca Falls"
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
This site provides a brief biographical sketch of Stanton. Included are links to other important figures in the early womenís rights movement.

Stanton and Anthony Papers Project
This is the home page for the Stanton and Anthony Papers Project. Directed out of Rutgers University, the project aims to make online transcriptions available of the works of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.