History of Hope: When Americans Have Dared to Dream of a Better Future / Edition 1

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This book chronicles American history through the stories of the individuals and movements that dreamed of a better future and then took action to make that dream a reality, arguing that the much heralded American spirit was not born as a gift of our founding, but was forged through our adversity and triumphs. From colonial revolutionaries to abolitionists, labor organizers to suffragists, progressives to civil rights activists, it was individuals and movements who dared to go against the American majority that both guarded and created our best national self.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...an important and clearly presented reminder that...dedicated humans can and do overcome adversity."—R. Muccigrosso, Choice
"An antidote for a society in pain."—O Magazine
"Fraser skillfully unfolds a rich, multicultural narrative that portrays a history of real people who were able to maintain hope and inspire social transformations against overwhelming odds. This text cannot help but awaken a passionate hope for the possible in all who venture within."—Diane L. Moore, Phillips Andover Academy and Harvard University
Library Journal
Fraser (history and education, Northeastern Univ.; pastor of Grace Church, East Boston; Between Church and State) maintains that the United States was not only founded on hope for the future but has been powered by it throughout its history. Beginning with the Pueblo Indian revolt against the Spaniards in 1680 and proceeding to the post-9/11 era, he demonstrates how groups and individuals spurred by hope for a better world acted on their beliefs with varying degrees of success: He chronicles the radical revolutionaries of 1776, explores the communal ideals of the utopian communities, examines the role of radical abolitionists that led to the Emancipation Proclamation, documents the perils of the newly freed slaves, recounts the dedication of the suffragists, surveys the rise of unionized labor and the role of socialism in the progressive era, and details the progress of the Civil Rights Movement from the 20th century to the present. He concludes briefly with the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, noting that in the midst of that tragedy there was sown the seeds of hope for a better world despite increased domestic danger. Written in an easily readable style, this is not an essential purchase, but large public and academic libraries will want to consider.-Grant A. Fredericksen, Illinois Prairie Dist. P.L., Metamora Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403966001
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/17/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

James W. Fraser is Professor of History and Education and Dean of the School of Education at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts. He is also pastor of Grace Church, Federated in East Boston, Massachusetts. He is the author of Between Church and State (Palgrave Macmillan, 1999) and his most recent book is The School in the United States: A Documentary History.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Keeping Hope Alive
• Foreword: The First Revolution: Taos, 1680
• "We Hold These Truths": The Revolutionaries of 1776
• Utopian Communities
• Mexico in the United States: War and Peace, Conquest and Community
• Rebellious Slaves, Free Blacks, and Abolitionists
• Reconstruction: The First Civil Rights Era
• Feminists and Suffragists
• The Beginnings of Organized Labor
• The Many Faces of the Progressive Era
• Hope in Hard Times
• The Second Civil Rights Movement
• Afterword: The Movement Continues

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