American Protest Literature

ISBN-10: 0674027639

ISBN-13: 9780674027633

Edition: 2006

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"I like a little rebellion now and then"--so wrote Thomas Jefferson to Abigail Adams, enlisting in a tradition that throughout American history has led writers to rage and reason, prophesy and provoke. This is the first anthology to collect and examine an American literature that holds the nation to its highest ideals, castigating it when it falls short and pointing the way to a better collective future. American Protest Literature presents sources from eleven protest movements--political, social, and cultural--from the Revolution to abolition to gay rights to antiwar protest. Each section reprints documents from the original phase of the movement as well as evidence of its legacy in later times. Informative headnotes place the selections in historical context and draw connections with other writings within the anthology and beyond. Sources include a wide variety of genres--pamphlets, letters, speeches, sermons, legal documents, poems, short stories, photographs, posters--and a range of voices from prophetic to outraged to sorrowful, from U.S. Presidents to the disenfranchised. Together they provide an enlightening and inspiring survey of this most American form of literature.
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List price: $30.50
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 4/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

John Stauffer has published numerous articles on photography and social reform in America, and is the recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, The Pew Program in Religion and American History, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. His forthcoming book, The Black Hearts of Men, won the 1999 Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for the best dissertation in American Studies from the American Studies Association. He is Assistant Professor of English, History and Literature at Harvard University.

A committed radical historian and activist, Howard Zinn approaches the study of the past from the point of view of those whom he feels have been exploited by the powerful. Zinn was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1922. After working in local shipyards during his teens, he joined the U.S. Army Air Force, where he saw combat as a bombardier in World War II. He received a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University in 1958 and was a postdoctoral fellow in East Asian studies at Harvard University. While teaching at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, Zinn joined the civil rights movement and wrote The Southern Mystique (1964) and SNCC: The New Abolitionists (1964). He also became an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War, writing Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal (1967) and visiting Hanoi to receive the first American prisoners released by the North Vietnamese. Zinn's best-known and most-praised work, as well as his most controversial, is A People's History of the United States (1980). It explores American history under the thesis that most historians have favored those in power, leaving another story untold. Zinn discusses such topics as Native American views of Columbus and the socialist and anarchist opposition to World War I in examining his theory that historical change is most often due to "mass movements of ordinary people." Zinn's other books include You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times (1995) and Artists in Times of War (2004). He has also written the plays Emma (1976), Daughter of Venus (1985), and Marx in Soho (1999).

Declaring Independence: The American Revolution
The Literature
"A Political Litany" (1775)
From Common Sense (1776)
From "The Dominion of Providence over the Passions of Men" (1776)
The Declaration of Independence (1776)
From Letters from an American Farmer (1782)
The Legacy
"The Working Men's Party Declaration of Independence" (1829)
"Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments" (1848)
From "Resistance to Civil Government" (1849)
From "Provisional Constitution" (1858)
From "Declaration of Interdependence by the Socialist Labor Party" (1895)
Unvanishing the Indian: Native American Rights
The Literature
Speech to Governor William Harrison at Vincennes (1810)
"An Indian's Looking-Glass for the White Man" (1833)
"Indian Names" (1834)
From From the Deep Woods to Civilization (1916)
From Black Elk Speaks (1932)
The Legacy
From Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1970)
"What Is the American Indian Movement?" (1973)
"American Indians and Vietnamese" (1973)
From Lakota Woman (1990)
"The Exaggeration of Despair" (1996)
Little Books That Started a Big War: Abolition and Antislavery
The Literature
From Appeal to the Coloured Citizens (1829)
From Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852)
From "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro" (1852)
Prison Letters (1859)
From Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861)
The Legacy
The Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution (1863, 1865-1870)
"Solidarity Forever" (1915)
From "Everybody's Protest Novel" (1949)
From The Defiant Ones (1958)
From Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy (1999)
This Land is Herland: Women's Rights and Suffragism
The Literature
From "Shall Women Have the Right to Vote?" (1851)
From "Women and Suffrage" (1867)
From "Declaration and Protest of the Women of the United States" (1876)
From "Solitude of Self" (1892)
"The Yellow Wallpaper" (1892)
The Legacy
"Frederick Douglass" (1908)
From "Why Women Should Vote" (1910)
From Herland (1915)
Nineteenth Amendment and Equal Rights Amendments (1920, 1923, 1943)
"Now We Can Begin" (1920)
Capitalism's Discontents: Socialism and Industry
The Literature
From Life in the Iron Mills (1861)
From Looking Backward, 2000-1887 (1888)
From How the Other Half Lives (1890)
From The Jungle (1906)
"Sadie Pfeifer" and "Making Human Junk" (1908, 1915)
The Legacy
From "The People's Party Platform" (1892)
From Food and Drugs Act and Meat Inspection Act (1906)
Statement to the Court (1918)
"Farewell, Capitalist America!" (1929)
From Nickel and Dimed (2001)
Strange Fruit: Against Lynching
The Literature
From Southern Horrors (1892)
"Jesus Christ in Texas" (1920)
"The Lynching" (1920)
From "Big Boy Leaves Home" (1936)
"Strange Fruit" (1937, 1939)
The Legacy
"Bill for Negro Rights and the Suppression of Lynching" (1934)
"Federal Law Is Imperative" (1947)
"Take a Stand against the Klan" (1980)
From "AmeriKKKa 1998: The Lynching of James Byrd" (1998)
"The Lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, 1930" (2000)
Dust Tracks on the Road: The Great Depression
The Literature
"Migrant Mother" (1936)
"Farmer and Sons" (1936)
From The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
Hale County, Alabama (1936)
From Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941)
The Legacy
"Tom Joad" (1940)
From 12 Million Black Voices (1941)
From The Sweet Flypaper of Life (1955)
From The Other America (1962)
"Poverty Is a Crime" (1972)
The Dungeon Shook: Civil Rights and Black Liberation
The Literature
"Montgomery: Reflections of a Loving Alien" (1956)
"My Dungeon Shook" (1962)
From "Letter from Birmingham Jail" (1963)
"Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C." (1963)
From "The Ballot or the Bullet" (1964)
The Legacy
"On Civil Rights" (1963)
From "The American Promise" (1965)
"Black Art" (1966)
"Panther Power" (1989)
"Ten Point Program" (2001)
A Problem That Had No Name: Second-Wave Feminism
The Literature
"I Stand Here Ironing" (1956)
From The Feminine Mystique (1963)
"Statement of Purpose" (1966)
"Women's Liberation Has a Different Meaning for Blacks" (1970)
"For the Equal Rights Amendment" (1970)
The Legacy
Letter to Betty Friedan (1963)
"Poetry Is Not a Luxury" (1977)
"The Female and the Silence of a Man" (1989)
From The Morning After (1993)
"Women Don't Riot" (1998)
The Word Is Out: Gay Liberation
The Literature
From "Howl" (1956)
Stonewall Documents (1969-1970)
From "Refugees from Amerika: A Gay Manifesto" (1969)
"The Women's Liberation and Gay Liberation Movements" (1970)
From Street Theater (1982)
The Legacy
"Read My Lips" (1988); Still/Here (1994)
From Angels in America (1990, 1991)
"Dyke Manifesto" (1993)
From Stone Butch Blues (1993)
Goodridge v. Department of Public Health (2003)
From Saigon to Baghdad: The Vietnam War and Beyond
The Literature
"I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die-Rag" (1965)
"Advent 1966" (1966)
From Why Are We in Vietnam? (1967)
"Saigon" (1968); "Napalm" (1972)
From Dispatches (1967-1969, 1977)
The Legacy
"April 30, 1975" (1975)
From "How to Tell a True War Story" (1987)
Poets against the War
"Speak Out" (2003)
"Poem of War" (2003)
"Poem of Disconnected Parts" (2005)
"Who Would Jesus Torture?" (2004)
From Born on the Fourth of July (1976, 2005)
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