Citizen Action Encyclopedia: Groups and Movements That Have Changed America

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The Citizen Action Encyclopedia provides basic information on the activities and significance of the people, organizations, and events that comprise the history of American citizen activism in the 20th century. Containing almost 300 cross-referenced entries and 50 illustrations, the encyclopedia includes individuals, groups, and movements that achieved both national standing and significant success in altering the political, legal, social, or economic structure of the United States. The encyclopedia is the first ...

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Overview

The Citizen Action Encyclopedia provides basic information on the activities and significance of the people, organizations, and events that comprise the history of American citizen activism in the 20th century. Containing almost 300 cross-referenced entries and 50 illustrations, the encyclopedia includes individuals, groups, and movements that achieved both national standing and significant success in altering the political, legal, social, or economic structure of the United States. The encyclopedia is the first single-volume reference work to cover the entire spectrum of American activism in the last century, describing groups and activists of both the Left and the Right. The book also offers broad general entries that put the debates on such issues as the environment and abortion policy into balanced perspective.

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This encyclopedia focuses mainly on late 20th-century American citizen activist organizations and individuals motivated to mold society to religious or philosophical principles or to end various forms of social discrimination. Excluded are labor unions, political parties, and trade and professional groups that do not seek societywide changes. The Children's Defense Fund, Earth Liberation Front, Minutemen, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, National Organization for Women, National Rifle Association, Reason Foundation, and Sierra Club are among the 160 organizations covered for their relatively successful commitment to effect "changes in the legal system, societal values, or the political landscape on the national level." Eighty-eight prominent activists are listed, including Joseph Coors Sr., Jane Fonda, Fannie Lou Hamer, Jack Kevorkian, Martin Luther King Jr., and Phyllis Schafley. Written by Halsey, who was School of Information Science and Policy Dean at SUNY at Albany and served as secretary of New York State Common Cause and executive director of Citizen's Library Council of New York State, the essays vary from one to several columns in length and close with suggested readings. The text is illustrated with black-and-white photographs and includes a "Directory of Organizations" with Internet addresses and a "Guide to Related Topics" that groups the entries under 36 topical categories, such as "Activist Think Tanks" and "Hispanic American Rights." Complementing similar reference tools like the more comprehensive Encyclopedia of the American Left, edited by Mari Jo Buhle and others, or Margaret B. Dicanio's more high school-oriented Encyclopedia of American Activism, this work fills an important gap in referencing the political Right and Center. Recommended for public and academic libraries. Charles L. Lumpkins, Pennsylvania State Univ., State College Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573562911
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2001
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 10.32 (w) x 7.16 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD S. HALSEY was dean of the School of Information Science and Policy, State University of New York at Albany, from 1980 until 1993. He has served as secretary of New York State Common Cause, executive director of the Citizens' Library Council of New York State, chair of the State Documents Committee of The New York State Historical Records Advisory Board and Committee for the New York State Library. Halsey's other publications include contributions on library information topics in Academic American Encyclopedia, Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia, New Book of Knowledge, and Encarta: Classical Music Recordings for Home and Library and Halsey'Choice in CD Review Digest.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Guide to Related Topics

The Citizen Action Encyclopedia

Directory of Organizations

Bibliography

Index

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