The Radical Reader: A Documentary History of the American Radical Tradition

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Radicalism is as American as apple pie. One can scarcely imagine what American society would look like without the abolitionists, feminists, socialists, union organizers, civil rights workers, gay and lesbian activists, and environmentalists who have fought stubbornly to breathe life into the promises of freedom and equality that lie at the heart of American democracy.

The first anthology of its kind, The Radical Reader brings together more than 200 primary documents in a comprehensive collection of the writings of America's native radical tradition. Spanning the time from the colonial period to the twenty-first century, the documents have been drawn from a wealth of sources--speeches, manifestos, newspaper editorials, literature, pamphlets, and private letters. From Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" to Kate Millett's "Sexual Politics," these are the documents that sparked, guided, and distilled the most influential movements in American history. Brief introductory essays by the editors provide a rich biographical and historical context for each selection included.


Product Details

Price
$65.00
Publisher
New Press
Publish Date
August 01, 2003
Pages
688
Dimensions
6.42 X 1.62 X 9.5 inches | 2.53 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781565848276

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About the Author

Timothy Patrick McCarthy is a lecturer on history and literature and on public policy at Harvard University, where he directs the Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. An award-winning scholar, teacher, and activist, he is a co-editor, with John McMillian, of The Radical Reader: A Documentary History of the American Radical Tradition and of Protest Nation: Words That Inspired a Century of American Radicalism; a co-editor, with John Stauffer, of Prophets of Protest: Reconsidering the History of American Abolitionism; and the editor of The Indispensable Zinn: The Essential Writings of the "People's Historian", all published by The New Press. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

John McMillian is an assistant professor of history at Georgia State University. His articles and review essays have appeared in Radical History Review, Rethinking History, American Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is a co-editor, with Timothy Patrick McCarthy, of The Radical Reader: A Documentary History of the American Radical and Protest Nation: Words That Inspired a Century of American Radicalism (both published by The New Press) and the author of Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America and Beatles vs. Stones.