Voices of Protest!: Documents of Courage and Dissent

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This eye-opening collection of documents ranging from the pre-Christian era to the present explores the undeniable power of social, political, and religious dissent throughout history and around the world.

Voices of Protest is an inspiring and comprehensive look at the meaning of protest throughout history, in democratic and nondemocratic societies. It is also a rousing confirmation that individual and community action matters and has great ...

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Overview

This eye-opening collection of documents ranging from the pre-Christian era to the present explores the undeniable power of social, political, and religious dissent throughout history and around the world.

Voices of Protest is an inspiring and comprehensive look at the meaning of protest throughout history, in democratic and nondemocratic societies. It is also a rousing confirmation that individual and community action matters and has great influence.

Collected here are more than 300 documents—essays, letters, newspaper articles, court decisions, song lyrics, poetry, cartoons, and more—that represent seven main categories of protest: Civil Rights; National Self- Determination; Economic Justice; Environmental Conservation; Religious Freedom and Morality; Peace and War; and International Political Freedoms.

A small sampling of the entries includes Seneca Falls Declaration of Women's Rights; Fidel Castro's anti- American writings protesting cultural domination; John Muir's essay "The American Forests"; and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s letter from a Birmingham jail. The editors have framed the documents with concise original commentary that places each selection in a political, historical, and social context.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 10 Up -The bold cover of this book shouts out some of the famous dissenters quoted within: Martin Luther King, Jr.; Margaret Sanger; Pablo Picasso; Mohandas Gandhi; and even Ronald Reagan, whose radio address a€œThe Modern Little Red Hen,a€ outlining the California governora€™s vision for economic justice, made the cut. It is precisely the inclusion of such unexpected voices, manifested in song lyrics, speeches, essays, sermons, or images from around the globe and throughout time, that makes this comprehensive collection so fresh and groundbreaking. Materials are logically organized into three sections: a€œThe Roots and Roles of Protest,a€ a€œDocuments of Dissent,a€ and a€œThe Future of Protesta€ (which focuses on the boundaries of dissent, asking what extreme protest looks like, and at what point it turns into terrorism). Short, clear introductions place documents in context. The scope and readability of the collection are incomparable, which is precisely why the flawed layout is so disappointing. Contrasting fonts are used to differentiate each entrya€™s title and introduction from its text, but the articles visually run together. There are no cross-references, and entries often lack vital bibliographic information, including only document title and author (though further source detail is included in the bibliography). Despite the somewhat problematic layout, though, the information included here is too important to pass up.-Jill Heritage Maza, Greenwich High School, CT

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579125851
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/31/2007
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,422,574
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Erik Bruun has been a reporter, editor, and freelance writer for more than twenty years. His books include Our Nation's Archive and American Values and Virtues. In his home community, he has taken a leadership role in several organizations that advocate for social change. He has three children.

Sheryl Lechner has been a freelance writer and editor since the 1980s. Her profiles and feature articles deal with topics such as women's rights, film, health, and the environment and have appeared in such publications, as Sierra, Audubon, Reform Judaism, the Boston Globe and Berkshire Living. She has worked as a reporter at three newspapers and served as a political and press staffer for city council members and a governor. Her original screenplay The Lobster Trap deals with issues of integrity and entrapment in the world of politics.

Frank Lowenstein's first published writing was a review of activist singer U. Utah Philips’s 1982 concert in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has since published dozens of articles on environmental, economic, and scientific issues. He serves as Director of Forest Health Programs for The Nature Conservancy’s Global Forest Partnership. He shares a home in western Massachusetts with co-editor Sheryl Lechner and their three sons.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Bill McKibben     7
Introduction     9
The Roots and Roles of Protest
Dissent and Liberty     16
Modes of Protest     45
Roots of Dissent     70
Documents of Dissent
Civil Rights     100
National Self Determination     161
Economic Justice     201
Environmental Conservation     256
Religious Freedom     316
Peace and War     380
International Political Freedoms     420
The Future of Protest
Limits of Societal Norms     464
Extreme Protest     490
The Experience of Protest     514
Text and Art Credits     543
Index of Documents     549
Index     554
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