The Radical Reader by Timothy Patrick McCarthy
A Documentary History of the American Radical Tradition

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Radicalism is as American as apple pie. One can scarcely imagine what American society would look like without the abolitionists, feminists, socialists, union organizers, civil-rights workers, gay and lesbian activists, and environmentalists who have fought stubbornly to breathe life into the promises of freedom and equality that lie at the heart of American democracy.

The first anthology of its kind, The Radical Reader brings together more than 200 primary documents in a comprehensive collection of the writings of America’s native radical tradition. Spanning the time from the colonial period to the twenty-first century, the documents have been drawn from a wealth of sources—speeches, manifestos, newspaper editorials, literature, pamphlets, and private letters. From Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” to Kate Millett’s “Sexual Politics,” these are the documents that sparked, guided, and distilled the most influential movements in American history. Brief introductory essays by the editors provide a rich biographical and historical context for each selection included.

About Timothy Patrick McCarthy

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Timothy Patrick McCarthy is Lecturer on History and Literature and on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. He is co-editor, with John McMillian, of "The Radical Reader" (The New Press). John Stauffer teaches English and American civilization, also at Harvard. His first book, "The Black Hearts of Men", won the 2002 Frederick Douglass Prize for the Best Book on Slavery. They both live in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Michael Fellman is Professor of Liberal Studies at Simon Fraser University and author of "Twisting the Cross". Martin Duberman is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at CUNY and the author of some twenty books, including "Paul Robeson" (The New Press). Eric Foner is a professor of American history at Columbia University.
Published May 10, 2011 by New Press, The. 688 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences.

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