The Radical Reader

The Radical Reader

by Timothy Patrick McCarthy, John C. McMillan

ISBN-10: 1565846826

ISBN-13: 9781565846821

Pub. Date: 08/01/2003

Publisher: New Press, The

The richness of the American radical tradition presented in a single volume. Radicalism is as American as apple pie. One can scarcely imagine what American society would look like without the abolitionists, feminists, union organizers, civil rights workers, gay and lesbian activists, and environmentalists who have fought to breathe life into the promises of freedom…  See more details below


The richness of the American radical tradition presented in a single volume. Radicalism is as American as apple pie. One can scarcely imagine what American society would look like without the abolitionists, feminists, union organizers, civil rights workers, gay and lesbian activists, and environmentalists who have fought to breathe life into the promises of freedom and equality, the lifeblood of American democracy. The first anthology of its kind, The Radical Reader brings together more than two hundred primary documents in the most comprehensive collection ever assembled of the writings of America's native radical tradition. Spanning the colonial period through the 1990s, the documents have been drawn from a wealth of sources—speeches, manifestos, newspaper editorials, literature, pamphlets, and private letters—representing the work of Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Skidmore, Sojourner Truth, Terence Powderly, Eugene Debs, Marcus Garvey, C. Wright Mills, The Combahee River Collective, Aldo Leopold, Martha Shelley, Stokely Carmichael, and Audre Lorde, along with many others. From Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" to Kate Millett's "Sexual Politics," these documents sparked, guided, and distilled the most influential movements in American history. Brief introductory essays by the editors provide a rich biographical and historical context for each selection.

Author Biography: Timothy Patrick McCarthy teaches in the department of history and literature at Harvard University; he is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University, where he is completing a dissertation on abolitionism. He is editor of Freedom's Fiction: Antebellum Literature of Slave Rebellion. John C. McMillan is a doctoral candidate in American history at Columbia University, where he is completing a dissertation on radicalism in the 1960s. He is presently collaborating on Voices of the Black Experience: The Columbia Reader in African-American History, and is co-editing, with Paul Buhle, a collection of essays on the New Left.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1American Revolution9
1The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved (1764)11
2Resolutions of the Stamp Act Congress (1765)14
3Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania to the Inhabitants of the British Colonies (1768)17
4A State of the Rights of the Colonists (1772)22
5Slave Petitions for Freedom (1773)25
6Speech at the Second Virginia Convention (1775)29
7Common Sense (1776)33
8On Being Brought from Africa to America (1773) and To His Excellency General Washington (1776)38
9Letter to John Adams (1776)41
10Declaration of Independence (1776)44
11An Act for Establishing Religious Freedom (1785)48
12Petition from Shays' Rebellion (1786)51
13The Bill of Rights (1791)54
14A Charge (1797)57
Ch. 2Utopian Visions59
15Six Sermons on Intemperance (1826)61
16The Rights of Man to Property (1829)63
17Lectures on the Revivals of Religion (1835)66
18Manifesto (1840)69
19Self-Reliance (1841)73
20Slave Spirituals (c. 1600s-1800s)76
21Resistance to Civil Government (1849)79
22Leaves of Grass (1855)84
23Second Inaugural Address (1864)89
24The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)92
25Looking Backward, 2000-1887 (1888)98
26Herland (1915)103
Ch. 3Abolitionism109
27Opening Editorial: Freedom's Journal (1827)111
28An Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World (1829)114
29Opening Editorial: The Liberator (1831)118
30Confession (1831)120
31Declaration of Sentiments (1833)124
32Productions (1835)128
33An Appeal to the Christian Women of the South (1836)131
34American Slavery As It Is (1839)135
35An Address to the Slaves of the United States (1843)138
36Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845)141
37Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852)145
38What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? (1852)151
39The Condition, Elevation, Emigration, and Destiny of the Colored People of the United States Politically Considered (1852)154
40Last Speech to the Jury (1859)157
41Thirteenth (1865), Fourteenth (1868), and Fifteenth (1870) Amendments160
Ch. 4Suffrage and Feminism163
42Letters on the Equality of the Sexes (1838)165
43Woman in the Nineteenth Century (1845)169
44Seneca Falls Convention: Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions (1848)172
45The Rights of Women (1848)176
46Sojourner Truth: Ar'n't I A Woman? (1851)178
47Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861)181
48Letter to Abby Kelley Foster (1867)185
49Appeal to the National Democratic Convention (1868)188
50Declaration of the Rights of Women (1876)191
51Womanhood A Vital Element (1886)196
52Solitude of Self (1892)199
53A Double Standard (1895)203
54A Red Record (1895)206
55National Call for a League of Women Voters (1919)211
56Nineteenth Amendment (1920)213
Ch. 5Land and Labor215
57Declaration of Independence (1829)217
58Address to Young Mechanics (1830)220
59An Indian's Looking-Glass for the White Man (1836)223
60Vote Yourself A Farm (1846)227
61A Reduction of Hours, An Increase in Wages (1865)230
62Declaration of Principles (1867)233
63Statement of Principles (1869)236
64The Great Uprising (1877)239
65Preamble (1878)243
66The Crime of Poverty (1885)246
67Omaha Platform (1892)250
68Appeal (1892)253
69Statement to the American Railway Union (1894)256
70Declaration of Interdependence (1895)259
71Cross of Gold Speech (1896)264
72Black Elk Speaks (1932)269
Ch. 6Anarchism, Socialism, and Communism275
73The Jungle (1905)277
74Manifesto and Preamble (1905 and 1908)281
75The General Strike (1911)285
76Anarchism: What It Really Stands For (1911)288
77Speech to Striking Coal Miners (1912)296
78The Trouble at Lawrence (1912)300
79War in Paterson (1913)304
80Address to the Jury (1918)310
81Why I Am a Socialist (1928)314
82Acceptance Speech at the National Nominating Convention of the Workers (Communist) Party of America (1928)320
83Share Our Wealth (1935)324
Ch. 7"New Negro" to Black Power327
84Two Negro Radicalisms (1919)329
85The New Negro - What Is He? (1920)333
86Africa for the Africans (1923)336
87The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain (1926)340
88You Cannot Kill the Working Class (1937)344
89Why Should We March? (1942)349
90The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Made It (1955)352
91We Must Fight Back (1959)356
92Wake Up America! (1963)359
93Letter from Birmingham Jail (1963)362
94My Dungeon Shook (1963)378
95The Ballot or the Bullet (1964)382
96What We Want (1966)390
97What We Want, What We Believe (1966)397
98Political Prisoners, Prisons, and Black Liberation (1971)400
99The Gary Declaration (1972)407
Ch. 8Modern Feminism411
100The Feminine Mystique (1963)413
101Sex and Caste: A Kind of Memo (1965)417
102Statement of Purpose (1966)421
103No More Miss America! (1968)425
104The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm (1968)428
105Sexual Politics: A Manifesto for Revolution (1970)433
106The Enemy Within (1970)436
107Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female (1971)440
108Boston Women's Health Book Collective: Our Bodies, Ourselves (1973)445
109The Combahee River Collective Statement (1977)449
110Pornography: Men Possessing Women (1981)453
111ManifestA: Young Women, Feminism and the Future (2000)458
Ch. 9The New Left and Counterculture461
112Howl (1956)463
113The Port Huron Statement (1962)468
114One Dimensional Man (1964)477
115Berkeley Fall: The Berkeley Student Rebellion of 1964 (1965)483
116In White America (1967)489
117The Student as Nigger (1967)495
118Predictions for Yippie Activities (1968)501
119Columbia Liberated (1968)503
120Bring the War Home (1969)507
121The Weather Underground: Communique #1 (1970)511
Ch. 10Radical Environmentalism515
122Walden (1854)517
123My People Are Ebbing Away Like a Fast-Receding Tide (1855)519
124Man and Nature (1864)524
125The Destruction of the Redwoods (1901)527
126A Sand County Almanac (1949)530
127Silent Spring (1962)533
128Desert Solitaire (1968)537
129Letter from Delano (1969)542
130The Closing Circle (1971)546
131Animal Liberation (1975)551
132Strategic Monkeywrenching (1985)555
133Environmental Racism and the Environmental Justice Movement (1993)558
Ch. 11Queer Liberation561
134The Importance of Being Different (1954)563
135Gay Power Comes to Sheridan Square (1969)568
136Notes of a Radical Lesbian (1969)573
137Refugees from Amerika: A Gay Manifesto (1970)577
138The Woman-Identified Woman (1970)584
139What We Want, What We Believe (1971)589
140How to Zap Straights (1973)593
141Post-Action Position Statement on its "Stop the Church" Action (1989)596
142A Queer Manifesto (1993)598
143Matthew's Passion (1998)603
Epilogue: New Directions607
144Why Johnny Can't Dissent (1995)609
145Habeus Corpus is a Legal Entitlement (1996)617
146Transgender Movement: International Bill of Gender Rights (1995) and Read My Lips (1997)623
147Culture Jamming (1999)631
148WTO: The Battle in Seattle (An Eyewitness Account) (1999)636
149Freedom Agenda (1999)643
150The Academic Labor Movement: Understanding Its Origins and Current Challenges (2000)650
1515 Days That Shook the World (2000)655
152A Crisis of Democracy (2000)660
153None Dare Call It Treason (2000)666
154Harvard Living Wage Campaign: Why We Are Sitting In (2001)676
155Antiwar Documents: The Boondocks (2002) and We Oppose Both Saddam Hussein and the U.S. War on Iraq: A call for a new democratic U.S. foreign policy (2003)681

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