The Quickening of America: Rebuilding Our Nation, Remaking Our Lives / Edition 1

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From national political campaigns to local community action groups, a grassroots approach to change is taking hold of America today. Ordinary citizens, driven by a desire to go beyond rhetoric and ideology and address problems in a direct, practical way, are changing the way we live, work, and govern ourselves. The Quickening of America reveals how this new approach to solving our problems is indeed working—in local government, education, the workplace, human services, and the media. The authors criss-crossed America in search of democracy in action and found moving stories of ordinary people coming together to make their institutions meet their needs.

Change is the watchword of the nineties. Ordinary Americans are coming together to change their workplaces, their communities, their schools, and their lives. This deeply personal, inspiring, and interactive book is full of practical advice on how to get involved.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555426057
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Series: NonProfit Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 493,414
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

FRANCES MOORE LAPPE is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including the best-selling Diet for a Small Planet (1971). Her writings have appeared in publications as diverse as Harper's, The New York Times, and Reader's Digest. She is cofounder of the Institute for Food and Development Policy and lectures frequently on issues of democracy in action, food and hunger, and other important issues. PAUL MARTIN DU BOIS has authored two textbooks and over twenty articles, and has served on the faculty and as vice president of two colleges. Lappe and Du Bois are codirectors of the Center for Living Democracy.

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Table of Contents

Make This Book Yours
Pt. 1 Overcoming the Myths That Limit Us 1
1 A Powerful New Concept for Effective Living 3
2 We Each Have a Public Life 19
3 Claiming Our Self-Interest (It's Not Selfishness) 37
4 Discovering Power (It's Not a Dirty Word) 45
Pt. 2 America Coming Alive: The Invisible Revolution 71
5 Our Jobs, Our Economy, and Our Lives 73
6 Making the Media Our Voice 107
7 From Client to Citizen 137
8 Governing "By the People" 165
9 Educating Real-World Problem Solvers 201
Pt. 3 Living Democracy: The Practical Tools 233
10 Mastering the Arts of Democracy: One-on-One Skills 237
11 Mastering the Arts of Democracy: Group Skills 267
12 Embracing the Democratic Self 287
13 What, No Manifesto? 297
Resources for Building a Living Democracy 303
Notes 317
Index 327
The Authors 337
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