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We the Resistance:
Documenting a History of Nonviolent Protest in the United States
Edited by Michael G Long
Foreword by Chris Hedges
Afterword by Dolores Huerta
City Lights Publishers
November 27, 2018
Trade paperback original 9780872867567 $19.95
A first-person history of nonviolent resistance in the U.S., from pre-Revolutionary America to the Trump years.
While historical accounts of the United States typically focus on the nation's military past, a rich and vibrant counter narrative remains basically unknown to most Americans. This alternate history of the formation of our nation—and its character—is one in which courageous individuals and movements have wielded the tools of nonviolence to resist unjust, unfair, and immoral policies and practices.
We the Resistance gives curious citizens and current resistors unfiltered access to the hearts and minds of their activist predecessors. Beginning with the pre-Revolutionary War era and continuing through to the present day, readers will encounter the voices of protestors sharing instructive stories about their methods (from sit-ins to tree sitting) and opponents (from Puritans to Wall Street bankers), as well as inspirational stories about their failures (from slave petitions to the fight for the ERA), and successes (from enfranchisement for women to today's reform of police practices). Instruction and inspiration run throughout this captivating reader, generously illustrated with historic graphics and photographs of nonviolent protests throughout U.S. history.
Michael G. Long is an associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies at Elizabethtown College and is the author or editor of several books on civil rights, religion, and politics in mid-century America, including First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson (2007), Marshalling Justice: The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall (2011), and I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters (City Lights Publishers, 2012). He holds a Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta and resides in Highland Park, Pennsylvania
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