Finalist, 2016 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award One Of Bustle S Books For Your Civil Disobedience Reading List Dissent The History Of An American Idea Examines The Key Role Dissent Has Played In Shaping The United States It Focuses On Those Who, From Colonial Days To The Present, Dissented Against The Ruling Paradigm Of Their Time From The Puritan Anne Hutchinson And Native American Chief Powhatan In The Seventeenth Century, To The Occupy And Tea Party Movements In The Twenty First Century The Emphasis Is On The Way Americans, Celebrated Figures And Anonymous Ordinary Citizens, Responded To What They Saw As The Injustices That Prevented Them From Fully Experiencing Their Vision Of America At Its Founding The United States Committed Itself To Lofty Ideals When The Promise Of Those Ideals Was Not Fully Realized By All Americans, Many Protested And Demanded That The United States Live Up To Its Promise Women Fought For Equal Rights Abolitionists Sought To Destroy Slavery Workers Organized Unions Indians Resisted White Encroachment On Their Land Radicals Angrily Demanded An End To The Dominance Of The Moneyed Interests Civil Rights Protestors Marched To End Segregation Antiwar Activists Took To The Streets To Protest The Nation S Wars And Reactionaries, Conservatives, And Traditionalists In Each Decade Struggled To Turn Back The Clock To A Simpler, Secure Time Some Dissenters Are Celebrated Heroes Of American History, While Others Are Ordinary People Frequently Overlooked, But Whose Stories Show That Change Is Often Accomplished Through Grassroots Activism The United States Is A Nation Founded On The Promise And Power Of Dissent In This Stunningly Comprehensive Volume, Ralph Young Shows Us Its History Teaching Resources From Temple University Sample Course Syllabus Teaching Resources From C Span Classroom Teaching Resources From Temple University jam packed with stories of American history and the thought leaders who shaped this great nation some well known, others nearly lost to the sands of time if not for Ralph Young.Dissent is to America, what The Force is
Written a bit too biased for my taste, but the chapter on the Civil Rights Movement is phenomenal.I may give some coherent thoughts later, when I get some sleep. A solid, 500 page history of the United States written around the theme of dissent and organized in chronological eras It makes a good pairing with Howard Zinn s People s History The two cover similar material insofar as dissent, Young s topic, tends to occur in response to oppression and injustice, which are Zinn s topics, but where a history of oppression and injustice tends necessarily toward condemning the oppressors, and Zinn gives free rein to that sentiment, Young s lauding of the value of dissent and courage of dissenters does not require as severe or quite as one sided regard for what they were dissenting But neither is it as thought provoking and interesting as Zinn s work As one gets to the 1960s and later sections of the book, one will detect a subtle change in the author s tone and the attention to specific individuals, going from historian looking at a past removed from personal experience to historian telling history he himself has lived in and has deep personal interest in I love the concept of history written around dissent To a large extent I identify with the values I see in and behind this work I concur with the author s premise that there may not be any value fundamentally American than respect for the right to dissent That appreciation of dissent is at the core of what it means to be American and that those within our nation who oppose dissent
My goal has been to write a narrative history of the United States from the standpoint of those who do not see eye to eye with the powers that be, from the standpoint of those who marched to the beat of a different drummer co
An outstanding, wide ranging chronicle Not the book to go to if you are looking for depth on a particular era or movement, but the extensive source notes and bibliography offer great recommendations for deeper reading. Sloww goin. Mostly skimmed, rather than read Too summary level for my interests, was hoping for coverage of primary sources or individual stories.
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- 23 October 2017 Ralph Young