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Streitmatter tells the stories of dissident American publications and press movements of the last two centuries, and of the colorful individuals behind them. From publications that fought for the disenfranchised to those that promoted social reform, Voices of Revolution examines the abolitionist and labor press, black power publications of the 1960s, the crusade against the barbarism of lynching, the women's movement, and antiwar journals. Streitmatter also discusses gay and lesbian publications, contemporary on-line journals, and counterculture papers like The Kudzu and The Berkeley Barb that flourished in the 1960s. Voices of Revolution also identifies and discusses some of the distinctive characteristics shared by the genres of the dissident press that rose to prominence -- from the early nineteenth century to the late twentieth century.
For far too long, mainstream journalists and even some media scholars have viewed radical, leftist, or progressive periodicals in America as "rags edited by crackpots." However, many of these dissident presses have shaped the way Americans think about social and political issues.
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IntroductionPart I. Speaking Up for the Disenfranchised 1. Fighting for the Rights of American Labor2. Awakening a Nation to the Sins of Slavery3. Setting a Revolutionary Agenda for Women's RightsDissident Voices/Common Threads IPart II. Struggling to Form a More Perfect Union 4. Promoting "Free Love" in the Victorian Age5. Crusading against the Barbarism of Lynching6. Educating America on the Merits of Socialism7. Following Anarchy toward a New Social OrderDissident Voices/Common Threads IIPart III. Rising from a Lone Voice to a Mass Movement 8. Propelling Black Americans into the Promised Land9. Demanding Wider Access to Birth Control InformationDissident Voices/Common Threads IIIPart IV. Changing the World in a Single Generation 10. Opposing America's "Dirty War" in Vietnam11. Defining a Counterculture of Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll...and Social Justice12. Standing Tall and Tough against Racial Oppression13. Creating an Agenda for Gay and Lesbian Rights14. Liberating the American WomanDissident Voices/Common Threads IV15. Dissidence in a New MillenniumAcknowledgmentsNotesIndex
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