RESIST! A Visual History of Protest


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Aquarius Press LLC
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8.5 X 9.0 X 0.14 inches | 0.32 pounds
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About the Author

Margot McMahon, daughter of Franklin McMahon, is an internationally-acclaimed artist and sculptor with work exhibited at the Smithsonian and around the world in public and private collections. Her work appears in the permanent collections of Yale University, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the John D. MacArthur State Park, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The National Portrait Gallery, the Chicago History Museum, The Chicago Botanic Garden, and Soka Gakkai International. Over a period of five years, McMahon explored and interpreted her Irish Catholic heritage in the creation of art for St. Patrick's Church in Lake Forest, Illinois. Margot earned an MFA from Yale University and taught sculpture and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, DePaul University and Yale University. She lives in Chicago with her husband. Their three grown children live on three coasts: Seattle, Chicago, and New York City.


"Margot McMahon's retrospective on her father, Franklin McMahon's, life and art is a beautiful tribute to a Peabody Award winning artist whose work served the people. Few white male artists consistently sketched historical events from the perspective of those written out of history. In a tense courtroom, Mac drew the moment when a black witness pointed out Emmet Till's murderers . . . From WWII to 2012, Mac published intricate, energized portraits of the peoples' fight for justice."

Renny Golden, Professor Emerita, Northeastern Illinois University

The Music of Her Rivers, University of NM Press

"How do you shuck 300 years of U.S. history? Grab your imagination and follow the magical pencil of artist-reporter Franklin McMahon to see deeply and confront the truths of our social justice struggles: Building the Berlin wall; Emmett Till's trial in LIFE magazine; Jesse Jackson's Christmas sermon chanted to prisoners, 'I am ... Somebody!'; Robert Kennedy 1968; Martin Luther King on Madison Ave. Chicago; El Salvador Protest at Notre Dame 1985; Senator Barack Obama's Democratic Convention Speech; Iraq War Protest 2003; Gay Rights Activists Meet. Margot McMahon, author and daughter, evocatively depicts these epic moments in this memoir of Mac and Irene's lives. . ."

Kathleen Osberger, L.C.S.W., community organizer, activist and therapist

"This story lovingly melds a reporter/father's posthumously curated art and his daughter's ingeniously crafted complementary essays. Her harmonized essayed interpretations provide stirring meaning to her father's decades of political protest art. Combined, they blend to offer readers an informative, wonderfully enjoyable, easy read."

Fred Fitzsimmons, President of Off-Campus Writers' Workshop