The Good Fight: Life Lessons from a Chicago Progressive

The Good Fight: Life Lessons from a Chicago Progressive

by Dick Simpson

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The Good Fight: Life Lessons from a Chicago Progressive by Dick Simpson

What brings real change?

In his candid memoir, progressive Chicago politician Dick Simpson shares his struggles to bring about social change. Striking the perfect balance between historical context, autobiography, and lessons learned, Simpson chronicles what worked, what didn't, and why.

A longtime activist professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a former Chicago alderman, Simpson is an expert on Chicago politics, political reform, and elections in general. He has published widely and affected public policy.

Simpson is a progressive thinker whose values were shaped by early civil rights struggles. His passion for social justice and democracy earned him a place in line at a 1960 stand-in and a top spot in Eugene McCarthy’s presidential run. Simpson demonstrated at the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention and protested Reaganomics in a march on Washington. In the 1970s, this young and independent-minded Chicago alderman angered boss Mayor Daley so much that he ordered the sergeant-at-arms to force Simpson into his seat. He didn’t bow to the machine then, and hasn’t done so since.

Colleague, friend, and adviser to such Chicago personalities as Studs Terkel, Don Rose, Carol Moseley Braun, and Mayor Harold Washington, Simpson is called on to do over 100 media interviews a year. He is also an accomplished Africanist.

Over his 50-year career as a political science professor and politician, Dick Simpson has devoted much of his energy to advancing the cause of democracy and participatory politics. He resides in Chicago, where he continues to oppose the power of the political machine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998442945
Publisher: Golden Alley Press
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Pages: 278
Sales rank: 799,085
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Dick Simpson is a long-time activist professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a former Chicago alderman. An expert on Chicago politics, political reform, and elections in general, he has published widely and affected public policy.
Simpson is a progressive thinker whose values were shaped by early civil rights struggles. His passion for social justice and democracy earned him a place in line at a 1960 stand-in and a top spot in Eugene McCarthy's presidential run. Simpson demonstrated at the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention and protested Reaganomics in a march on Washington. In the 1970s, this young and independent-minded Chicago alderman angered boss Mayor Daley so much that he ordered the sergeant-at-arms to force Simpson into his seat. He didn't bow to the machine then, and hasn't done so since.
Colleague, friend, and adviser to such Chicago personalities as Studs Terkel, Don Rose, Carol Moseley Braun, and Mayor Harold Washington, Simpson is called on to do over 100 media interviews a year. He is also an accomplished Africanist.
Over his 50-year career as a political science professor and politician, Dick Simpson has devoted much of his energy to advancing the cause of democracy and participatory politics. He resides in Chicago, where he continues to oppose the power of the political machine.

Table of Contents

PART I

Formation 1

1. To Change the World 3

2. Growing Up Texan 11

3. Rebellion at A&M 21

4. Coming of Age 27

5. Becoming an Africanist 33

6. Cold War Lessons 47

PART II

Hardball Politics 55

7. The McCarthy Campaign 57

8. 1968 Democratic National Convention 65

9. Creating Independent Political Organizations 71

10. Running for Alderman 81

11. City Council Wars 93

PART III

Love, Politics, Religion, Teaching 103

12. When Compatibility Isn’t Enough 105

13. Impermanent Institutions 113

14. Police Spying and Reform by Lawsuit 123

15. Wellington: A Church of Its Time 131

16. Teaching Political Engagement 141

17. The Harold Washington Years 147

PART IV

Interior and Exterior Life 155

18. Marriage to Sarajane 157

19. Running for Congress the First Time 165

20. Running for Congress the Second Time 173

21. Cancer’s Dark Dance – Remembering Sarajane 183

PART V

The New Normal 195

22. Back to Africa 197

23. The Remarkable Dorothy Storck 207

24. Activist Academics:

Fred Hess, Pierre Devise, & Woody Bowman 215

25. The Making of Barack Obama 223

26. Visionary Reformers: Len, Dawn, Ray, & Studs 229

27. Elections and the Art of Careful Politics 243

28. The Good Fight 251

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 258

CREDITS 259

INDEX 262

A B O U T T H E AUTHOR 265

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