Protest Nation: Words That Inspired A Century of American Radicalism

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Protest Nation is a guide through the speeches, letters, broadsides, essays, and manifestos that form the backbone of the American radical tradition in the twentieth century. With examples from socialists, feminists, union organizers, civil-rights workers, gay and lesbian activists, and environmentalists that have served as beacons for millions, the volume also includes brief introductory essays by the editors that provide a rich biographical and historical context for each selection included. Selections include a fiery speech by socialist Eugene Debs, an astonishing treatise on animal liberation by Peter Singer, "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson, Harvey Milk's "The Hope Speech" and many others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595585042
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,231,221
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Patrick McCarthy is Lecturer and Director of the Human Rights and Social Movements Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. Educated at Harvard College and Columbia University, where he received his PhD in History, he is co-editor of The Radical Reader (New Press, 2003) and Prophets of Protest (New Press, 2006). McCarthy was an outspoken critic of the Iraq War, and a founding member of Barack Obama's National LGBT Leadership Council.

John McMillian has Ph.D. in American history from Columbia University, and his dissertation was honored by the American Journalism Historians Association. He is author of Tom Paine's Children: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media (Oxford, 2010) and Beatles Vs. Stones: The History of a Legendary Rivalry (forthcoming, Free Press). His scholarly essays have appeared in Radical History Review, Rethinking History, and the Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and he is co-editor of The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Timothy Patrick McCarthy John McMillian 1

1 The Jungle (1905) Upton Sinclair 6

2 Anarchism: What It Really Stands For (1911) Emma Goldman 11

3 Herland (1915) Charlotte Perkins Gilman 21

4 Address to the Jury (1918) Eugene Debs 27

5 Africa for Africans (1923) Marcus Garvey 32

6 Share Our Wealth (1935) Huey Long 37

7 My Answer (1949) Paul Robeson 41

8 The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Made It (1955) Jo Ann Robinson 50

9 Howl (1956) Allen Ginsberg 54

10 Students for a Democratic Society, The Port Huron Statement (1962) 60

11 Silent Spring (1962) Rachel Carson 71

12 The Feminine Mystique (1963) Betty Friedan 76

13 Letter from Birmingham Jail (1963) Martin Luther King 80

14 The Ballot or the Bullet (1964) Malcolm X 100

15 One Dimensional Man (1964) Herbert Marcuse 110

16 What We Want, What We Believe (1966) Black Panther Party 118

17 No More Miss America! (1968) Robin Morgan 122

18 Chicago 8 Trial Testimony (1968) Abbie Hoffman 125

19 Students for a Democratic Society, Bring the War Home (1969) 136

20 Letter from Delano (1969) Cesar Chavez 141

21 The Responsibility of Intellectuals (1969) Noam Chomsky 146

22 Sexual Politics: A Manifesto for Revolution (1970) Kate Millett 163

23 Refugees from Amerika: A Gay Manifesto (1970) Carl Wittman 166

24 Political Prisoners, Prisons, and Black Liberation (1971) Angela Davis 176

25 American Indian Movement, Trail of Broken Treaties (1972) 185

26 Animal Liberation (1975) Peter Singer 207

27 The Combahee River Collective Statement (1977) 212

28 The Hope Speech (1978) Harvey Milk 217

29 The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House (1979) Audre Lorde 224

Permissions 229

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