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Resistance : reclaiming an American tradition, Jeff Biggers

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Resistance : reclaiming an American tradition
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Resistance
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reclaiming an American tradition
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Jeff Biggers
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"A chronicle of the courageous resistance movements that have insured the benchmarks of our democracy-- movements that served on the front lines of the American Revolution, the defense of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the defeat of fascism during World War II, and landmark civil rights and environmental protection achievements"--
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  • To make the case for resistance in the age of Trump, Biggers (The United States of Appalachia) traces U.S. opposition movements from pre-Revolutionary times to the present, drawing parallels between the tumultuous present and the early days of the Republic. Well-informed and often witty, Biggers covers the resistance movements—and their many, often unsung heroes—of Native Americans, African-Americans, immigrants, and those fighting for women’s rights and environmental justice. Readers meet, among others, Ona Maria Judge, a slave who escaped from George Washington’s household in 1796; labor activist and physician Marie Equi, who was physically assaulted for her outspoken dissent against America’s entry into WWI; Bree Newsome, who scaled a 30-foot flagpole to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse in 2015; and Lakota historian Ladonna Brave Bull Allard, a leader of the Native American resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016. Biggers also discusses the restorative processes of “truth and reconciliation commissions” to address centuries of racial injustices and the way some rural areas and U.S. cities are combating climate change in defiance of “the coal-peddling Trump administration.” Some sections are cursory, but Biggers succeeds in showing how the long tradition of resistance movements continues today. (July) --Staff (Reviewed 05/21/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 21, p)
  • A widely ranging history of intellectual and moral resistance within American politics. Biggers (The Trials of a Scold: The Incredible True Story of Writer Anne Royall, 2017, etc.) connects this tradition to the authoritarian tendencies of the Trump presidency, arguing, "the language of Trump's America First narrative...reflected [Thomas] Paine's warning of ‘brutish' leadership." This brief survey is structured in five essayistic chapters, each focused on a different era and aspect of resistance. He considers figures both widely known, such as Paine, or his own mentor the Rev. William Sloane Coffin, and more obscure—e.g., the anti-World War I protester and activist Marie Equi. Biggers calls out beloved figures who fell on the wrong side of resistance movements, like George Washington, who obsessively pursued runaway house slaves. Slavery provides a fuller fulcrum for the author's discussion; he examines both Frederick Douglass and those who argued against nonviolent resistance to this historical wrong. In "Enemy of the People," Biggers contrasts Trump's brazen attacks on the press with the conflict between free speech and John Adams' Alien and Sedition Acts, which Thomas Jefferson noted "had been designed specifically to suppress oppositional media." In "To Undo Mistakes," the author looks at early American immigration policy debates, as well as the more recent internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, tying them to the resistance sparked by Trump's pursuit of a religion-based travel ban. Unlike previous immigration bans, "a coordinated effort by religious congregations to resist Trump's deportation forces emerged across the country." In the final essay, "Cities of Resistance," Biggers links early interest in environmental preservation (embodied by Thoreau's writings, among others) with attempts to counter the Trump administration's dismantling of key federal oversight. The author writes clearly and with a firm grasp of historical comparison, intimately focused on compelling figures; still, his work could use fuller focus on the actual resistance movements Trump has inspired. An engaging jeremiad proposing that "the resistance is now in the hands of a new generation." (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2018)
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  • Passive resistance
  • Multiculturalism
  • Social movements
  • Social justice
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  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Multiculturalism
  • Passive resistance
  • Social justice
  • Social movements
  • United States
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Resistance : reclaiming an American tradition, Jeff Biggers
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-194) and index
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First hardcover edition.
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xiv, 206 pages
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9781640090477
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2017057937
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Resistance : reclaiming an American tradition, Jeff Biggers
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-194) and index
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24 cm
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First hardcover edition.
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xiv, 206 pages
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9781640090477
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2017057937
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)1003701565

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