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Author Young, Ralph F.

Title Dissent : the history of an American idea / Ralph Young.

Publication Info. New York ; London : New York University Press, [2015]


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Description xi, 603 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 549-581) and index.
Contents Introduction: Dissent and America -- The "free aire of a new world" -- Dissent in an age of reason -- Revolution -- Discord in the new republic -- Slavery and its discontents -- Reformers and dissidents -- Expansion and conflict -- Dissent imperils the union -- A nation divides -- Liberation and suppression -- Protest and conflict in the West -- Workers of the world unite! -- The new Manifest Destiny -- Progressives and radicals -- Making the world safe for democracy -- Traditionalism collides with modernism -- A new deal for America -- The good war? -- Dissent in an age of conformity -- Civil rights: An American revolution -- Make love, not war -- Mobilization and backlash -- A new age of dissent -- The arc of dissent.
Summary The History of an American Idea examines the key role dissent has played in shaping the United States. It focuses on those who, from colonial days to the present, dissented against the ruling paradigm of their time: from the Puritan Anne Hutchinson and Native American chief Powhatan in the seventeenth century, to the Occupy and Tea Party movements in the twenty-first century. The emphasis is on the way Americans, celebrated figures and anonymous ordinary citizens, responded to what they saw as the injustices that prevented them from fully experiencing their vision of America. At its founding the United States committed itself to lofty ideals. When the promise of those ideals was not fully realized by all Americans, many protested and demanded that the United States live up to its promise. Women fought for equal rights; abolitionists sought to destroy slavery; workers organized unions; Indians resisted white encroachment on their land; radicals angrily demanded an end to the dominance of the moneyed interests; civil rights protesters marched to end segregation; antiwar activists took to the streets to protest the nation's wars; and reactionaries, conservatives, and traditionalists in each decade struggled to turn back the clock to a simpler, more secure time. Some dissenters are celebrated heroes of American history, while others are ordinary people: frequently overlooked, but whose stories show that change is often accomplished through grassroots activism. The United States is a nation founded on the promise and power of dissent. In this comprehensive volume, Ralph Young shows us its history.
Subject Hutchinson, Anne, 1591-1643.
Powhatan, approximately 1550-1618.
Dissenters -- United States -- History.
Protest movements -- United States -- History.
Social reformers -- United States -- History.
United States -- Social conditions -- Sources.
United States -- Politics and government.
Hutchinson, Anne, 1591-1643. (OCoLC)fst01760062
Powhatan, approximately 1550-1618. (OCoLC)fst01842094
Dissenters. (OCoLC)fst00895401
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Protest movements. (OCoLC)fst01079826
Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst01919811
Social reformers. (OCoLC)fst01122841
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Sources. (OCoLC)fst01423900
ISBN 9781479806652 (hardback ; alk. paper)
147980665X (hardback ; alk. paper)
Standard No. 40024773944
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