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American Radicalism

American Radicalism

Daniel Pope (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-21898-2

Feb 2001, Wiley-Blackwell

368 pages

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$148.95

Description

This collection contains ten of the best scholarly essays on significant events and figures over the last two hundred years of the radical tradition in American history. Arranged chronologically, each chapter contains an introduction and one major article, plus four primary documents that bring to vivid life the ideas and people involved in particular radical struggles. Concise introductions to all articles and documents, chronologies, and suggested reading lists place this book at the forefront of student guides to American Radicalism.
Series Editor's Preface.

Introduction: The Nature and Significance of Radicalism in American History.

1. Riot and Radicalism in the American Revolution:.

Chronology.

Article Headnote.

Food Rioters and the American Revolution: Barbara Clark Smith.

Documents.

Headnote.

Letter from John Gibson to Maryland Council of Safety, 4 January 1777, Concerning Salt Monopolizers.

Letter, Abigail Adams to John Adams, 20 April 1777, Concerning High Prices and Merchants' Profiteering.

Broadside, August 29, 1779, Philadelphia, "Gentlemen and Fellow Citiz[ens].".

Satirical "Old Women's Petition" Against Tea Boycott.

Suggested Further Reading.

2. Women's Networks and Women's Protest:.

Chronology.

Article Headnote.

The Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention: A Study of Social Networks: Judith Wellman.

Documents.

Headnote.

Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments.

Excerpts from "Reminiscences": Emily Collins.

"The Rights of Women": Frederick Douglass.

Excerpts from "Solitude of Self": Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Suggested Further Reading.

3. Violence and Manliness in the Struggle Against Slavery:.

Chronology.

Article Headnote.

Blacks, John Brown and a Theory of Manhood: Daniel C. Littlefield.

Documents.

Headnote.

Henry Highland Garnet speech appealing for violent resistance at 1843 Black National Convention.

Editorial "The True Remedy for the Fugitive Slave Bill": Frederick Douglass.

African-American women's letter to Mary Brown (John Brown's wife), 23 November 1859.

African-American Tribute to John Brown, Detroit, 2 December 1859.

Suggested Further Reading.

4. Chicago's Anarchists and the Haymarket Bombing:.

Chronology.

Article Headnote.

Article: Selections from Chapter 7 ("Bakunin Never Slept in Chicago") and Chapter 8 ("Eight Hours, Riot and Repression") in Beyond the Martyrs: A Social History of Chicago'' Anarchists, 1870-1900: Bruce C. Nelson.

Documents.

Headnote.

"Parsons' Plea for Anarchy": Albert R. Parsons.

"George Engell [sic] on Anarchism": George Engel.

"Revenge Circular," 3 May 1886, and Engraving of the Haymarket Bombing.

Excerpts from Michael J. Schaack, Anarchy and Anarchists.

Suggested Further Reading.

5. Southern Populism, Interracial Alliances, and Racist Violence:.

Chronology.

Article Headnote.

Populist Dreams and Negro Rights: East Texas as a Case Study: Lawrence Goodwyn.

Documents.

Headnote.

Excerpts from "The Negro Question in the South": Tom Watson.

African-American Populist William Drewry Jackson, Letter to People's Weekly Tribune (Birmingham, Alabama), 19 March 1896.

Two Brief Reports on the Colored Farmers' Alliance in Texas.

"Speech of Senator Benjamin R. Tillman, March 23, 1900".

Suggested Further Reading.

6. Women's Work, Community and Radical Labor:.

Chronology.

Article Headnote.

Bread and Roses Revisited: Women's Culture and Working-Class Activism in the Lawrence Strike of 1912: Ardis Cameron.

Documents.

Headnote.

"Wages and Hours of Labor and Conditions of Work in the Textile Mills. Summary of Wages and Hours of Labor," in Report on Strike of Textile Workers in Lawrence, Mass in 1912.

"Statement of Victoria Wennaryzk," in The Strike at Lawrence, Massachusetts, Hearings Before the Committee on Rules of the House of Representatives.

"In the Good Old Picket Line".

"Bread and Roses": James Oppenheim.

Suggested Further Reading.

7. Black Communists in the Great Depression South:.

Chronology.

Article Headnote.

"Comrades, Praise Gawd for Lenin and Them!": Ideology and Culture among Black Communists in Alabama, 1930-35: Robin D. G. Kelley.

Documents.

Headnote.

The Narrative of Hosea Hudson: Nell Irvin Painter.

Excerpt from Speech to the Jury: Angelo Herndon.

Excerpt from All God's Dangers: Nate Shaw.

"The Trial": Muriel Rukeyser.

Suggested Further Reading.

8. Spiritual Roots of New Left Radicalism:.

Chronology.

Article Headnote.

"Breakthrough to New Life": Christianity and the Emergence of the New Left in Austin, Texas 1956-64: Douglas Rossinow.

Documents.

Headnote.

Excerpt from "Afterword": Dick Simpson.

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Founding Statement, October 1960.

"Spiritual and Moral Aspects of the Student Nonviolent Struggle in the South": Charles McDew.

"Sex and Caste: A Kind of Memo": Casey Hayden and Mary King.

Suggested Further Reading.

9. "New Social Movements": The Case of AIDS Activism:.

Chronology.

Article Headnote.

Silence, Death, and the Invisible Enemy: AIDS Activism and Social Movement "Newness": Joshua Gamson.

Documents.

Headnote.

"New Fronts in the AIDS War; An Activist Group for the 80s Aims to 'Shame People into Action": Victor F. Zonana.

ACT-UP Graphics: (I) "Silence=Death"; (II) "Riot Stonewall '69 AIDS Crisis '89"; (III) "Our Government Continues to Ignore the Livesà".

International Working Group on Women and AIDS, "An Open Letter to the Planning Committees of the Third International Conference on AIDS".

"AIDS as Apocalypse: The Deadly Costs of an Obsession": Darrell Yates Rist.

Suggested Further Readings.

Index.

"This is the most teachable volume of primary documents and commentaries on American radicalism yet published. American Radicalism should find its way into libraries and classrooms, as scholars and students discover for themselves first-hand the legacy and the thrill of dissent for democracy's sake." Paul Buhle, Brown University <!--end-->


"Daniel Pope's new book will be a valuable addition to courses on the history of American radicalism. It contains some of the best new scholarship on the history of radical movements and an excellent introductory essay. Professor Pope does a particularly good job of showing how radical movements have alternately transcended and come to grief on race and gender divisions in American society. It will be especially welcomed by students involved in current social movements." Mark Naison, Fordham University

"The inclusion of some fine historical essays and important primary documents marks American Radicalism as a significant work." History: Reviews of New Books

Includes ten essays by leading scholars covering the American radical tradition from the Revolutionary War period to the present day.

Provides general and sectional introductions, primary documents, chronologies, and suggested reading lists to supplement the text.

Explores major themes in American Radicalism, including women's protest movements, anarchists, labor struggles, and the New Left.