We the Resistance: Documenting a History of Nonviolent Protest in the United States (Paperback)

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By Michael Long (Editor), Chris Hedges (Foreword by), Dolores Huerta (Afterword by)
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"A highly relevant, inclusive collection of voices from the roots of resistance. . . . Empowering words to challenge, confront, and defy."--Kirkus Reviews

"This book fights fascism. This books offers hope. We The Resistance is essential reading for those who wish to understand how popular movements built around nonviolence have changed the world and why they retain the power to do so again."--Jonathan Eig, author of Ali: A Life

"This comprehensive documentary history of non-violent resisters and resistance movements is an inspiring antidote to any movement fatigue or pessimism about the value of protest. It tells us we can learn from the past as we confront the present and hope to shape the future. Read, enjoy and take courage knowing you are never alone in trying to create a more just world. Persevere and persist and win, but know that even losing is worth the fight and teaches lessons for later struggles."--Mary Frances Berry, author of History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times

"We the Resistance illustrates the deeply rooted, dynamic, and multicultural history of nonviolent resistance and progressive activism in North America and the United States. With a truly comprehensive collection of primary sources, it becomes clear that dissent has always been a central feature of American political culture and that periods of quiescence and consensus are aberrant rather than the norm. Indeed, the depth and breadth of resistant and discordant voices in this collection is simply outstanding."--Leilah Danielson, author of American Gandhi: A.J. Muste and the History of American Radicalism in the Twentieth Century

While historical accounts of the United States typically focus on the nation's military past, a rich and vibrant counterpoint remains basically unknown to most Americans. This alternate story of the formation of our nation--and its character--is one in which courageous individuals and movements have wielded the weapons of nonviolence to resist policies and practices they considered to be unjust, unfair, and immoral. We the Resistance gives curious citizens and current resisters unfiltered access to the hearts and minds--the rational and passionate voices--of their activist predecessors. Beginning with the pre-Revolutionary era and continuing through the present day, readers will directly encounter the voices of protesters 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.

About the Author


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 numerous books on civil rights, religion, and politics, including We the Resistance: Documenting A History of Nonviolent Protest in the United States; Jackie Robinson: A Spiritual Biography; Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers; Gay Is Good: The Life and Letters of Gay Rights Pioneer Franklin Kameny; Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life after Baseball; Martin Luther King, Jr., Homosexuality, and the Early Gay Rights Movement; I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters; Marshalling Justice: The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall; First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson; The Legacy of Billy Graham; Billy Graham and the Beloved Community; and Against Us, But for Us: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the State. Long's first book on Jackie Robinson--First Class Citizenship (Times Books)--was selected as a best book of the year by Publishers Weekly, and received critical acclaim in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, Ebony/Jet, and other major media outlets. Long served as an expert historian for Ken Burns's documentary on Jackie Robinson.Long has written for the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, the Afro, Huffington Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and his work has been featured or reviewed in or on NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, USA Today, Salon, CNN, Bookforum, Ebony/Jet, and other newspapers and journals. Long has spoken at Fenway Park, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Library of Congress, the National Museum of American History, the National Archives, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the City Club of San Diego, the Schomberg Center of the New York Public Library, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the New-York Historical Society, among other places, and he has appeared on PBS, C-Span, and National Public Radio. He is currently completing two book projects: one on Julian Bond, and the other on transgender rights pioneer Phyllis Frye.Long lives in Lower Allen Township in Pennsylvania.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780872867567
ISBN-10: 0872867560
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication Date: February 19th, 2019
Pages: 610
Language: English

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