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The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame

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A hundred years ago, any soapbox orator who called for women’s suffrage, laws protecting the environment, an end to lynching, or a federal minimum wage was considered a utopian dreamer or a dangerous socialist. Now we take these ideas for granted— because the radical ideas of one generation are often the common sense of the next. We all stand on the shoulders of earlier ge ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Nation Books
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Peter Dreier, AM'73, PhD'77
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From our pages (Sept–Oct/12): "A hundred years ago soapbox orators who called for women's suffrage, a federal minimum wage, or environmental laws were called utopian dreamers or dangerous socialists. Now these ideas are taken for granted. Occidental College politics professor Peter Dreier examines the organizers, activists, writers, artists, and progressive politicians of the past century who challenged the status quo and changed history—including UChicago's John
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Caryn
Outstanding topic. Perfect book for teaching high schoolers about social justice and effects of politically progressive American Heroes. With that said, the book is written at a level that is a tad sophomoric.
Steve
Remember Margaret Mead's quote, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."?

Dreier assembles the stories of some of them. Without the commitment and dedication of these and more, the fight we face today would be deeper and darker.

This is a tremendously inspiring compendium of heroes and heroines.

Join me in changing the world. It is within our reach.

Darla
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On my to-read list. See an interview with the author:

http://billmoyers.com/2012/03/30/the-...

Dreier: "The radical ideas of one generation often become the common sense of the next generation. Ideas that were once considered utopian or impossible or way out in the wilderness are often brought into the mainstream of American thought by courageous and forward-looking people who are ahead of the curve."

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