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Democracy in Print
The Best of The Progressive Magazine,
Edited by Matthew Rothschild
From Addams to Zinn, a century of voices speaking out on war, peace, human rights, labor, and democracy
“From these pieces one gets a sense of the vigor of the left’s past. . . . and its perennial relevance to American life.”
Democracy in Print captures many of the most influential voices from a century of United States history who have spoken out on the struggle to make real the promise of democracy for all Americans, railed against abuses of corporate power, renounced American empire, championed environmental causes, opposed war, and waged peace. It chronicles voices of the women’s rights movement, the civil rights movement, the labor movement, and the gay rights movement. And on every page it declares the importance of an independent media by culling the best of The Progressive magazine over the last one hundred years.
Readers will discover the vision of the magazine’s founder, Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette, and his suffragist wife, Belle Case La Follette. They’ll find historic gems from the likes of Jane Addams, Carl Sandburg, Huey Long, and John Kenneth Galbraith, and profound essays by Theodore Dreiser, Barbara Ehrenreich, Noam Chomsky, Upton Sinclair, Arundhati Roy, James Baldwin, Edwidge Danticat, and Edward Said. The collection is leavened with humor from Kate Clinton, Will Durst, Michael Feldman, and Molly Ivins, and graced by poems from such writers as Mahmoud Darwish, Rita Dove, Martín Espada, Maxine Kumin, Adrienne Rich, and Sandra Cisneros. Fascinating interviews bring readers into conversations with prominent cultural figures, including Chuck D, the Dalai Lama, Allen Ginsberg, Amy Goodman, Harold Pinter, Patti Smith, Susan Sarandon, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko.
Eminently browsable, this book is for anyone concerned with American democracy, the global community, and the perils of the planet. With contributions by actors and Supreme Court justices, comedians and Nobel Prize winners, Democracy in Print offers all readers nourishing food for thought.
“For a century, The Progressive has drawn on great thinkers and writers to envision a better world. Democracy in Print reminds us of the wrongs that have been righted and the challenges that remain.”
—Senator Bernie Sanders
Matthew Rothschild is editor of The Progressive magazine and host of Progressive Radio, a weekly public affairs program syndicated nationally. He is author of You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression.
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LC: 2008046312 JK
390 pp. 7 x 9 1/2
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A sampling of voices included:
The Dalai Lama
William O. Douglas
Senator Russ Feingold
John Kenneth Galbraith
Martin Luther King Jr.
Sister Helen Prejean
I. F. Stone
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