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The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century by Peter Dreier
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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 Dewey; Saul Alinsky, PhB'30; Studs Terkel, PhB'32; and Michael Harrington, AM'49. Dreier also discusses 21st-century activists trying to shape our future."
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