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

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Key documents illustrate the richness of the American radical tradition.

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

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Published 2003 by The New Press
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Andy
Apr 26, 2013 Andy rated it it was amazing
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Hands-down, the best treasure trove of historical documents I've read. Includes everything from political tracts to social polemics (including feminist/anti-racist/socialist writings). The cumulative effect is to remind the reader that radicalism is as American as apple pie--and still matters. A very important book.
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Aug 22, 2015 Roger Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The word radical comes from a Greek word meaning root. It is most commonly used to describe people, groups of people or writing that regard current social, economic and political problems and injustices as in herent in the social and economic system. That is, the problems are found in the very roots of the system. The radical remedy is to pull up the system by the roots and to start over with another system. By this understanding of radicalism this book, for the most part, lives up to its title. ...more
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Feb 27, 2008 Jeanne rated it liked it
i haven't read every document/letter/texts/statements in this book but there are some good reads inside. i get the most satisfaction out of reading the social content but there are a lot of political readings as well.

reading this book is kind of like an ongoing project i have..read some here, read some there...

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Dec 17, 2007 Pierre Joris rated it liked it
Miles has been reading this in his high school social science class & liked it so much that he offered me a copy for xmas. A quick glance at the t.o.c. showed that I may very well have reason to use this erader for general knowledge with most of my second year college students at UA.
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Dec 21, 2007 Michael Gause rated it it was amazing
Haven't read the whole thing, but it's excellent to pick up and read first source history of radicalism in America. Excellent.
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