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Voices of Revolution

The Dissident Press in America

By Rodger Streitmatter

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Format: Paperback / softback, 340 pages
Other Information: 15 illus, 13 photos
Published In: United States, 30 July 2001
Streitmatter tells the stories of dissident American publications and press movements of the last two centuries, and of the colorful individuals behind them. From publications that fought for the disenfranchised to those that promoted social reform, "Voices of Revolution" examines the abolitionist and labor press, black power publications of the 1960s, the crusade against the barbarism of lynching, the women's movement, and antiwar journals. Streitmatter also discusses gay and lesbian publications, contemporary on-line journals, and counterculture papers like "The Kudzu" and "The Berkeley Barb" that flourished in the 1960s. "Voices of Revolution" also identifies and discusses some of the distinctive characteristics shared by the genres of the dissident press that rose to prominence - from the early nineteenth century to the late twentieth century. For far too long, mainstream journalists and even some media scholars have viewed radical, leftist, or progressive periodicals in America as "rags edited by crackpots." However, many of these dissident presses have shaped the way Americans think about social and political issues.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part I. Speaking Up for the Disenfranchised 1. Fighting for the Rights of American Labor 2. Awakening a Nation to the Sins of Slavery 3. Setting a Revolutionary Agenda for Women's Rights Dissident Voices/Common Threads I Part II. Struggling to Form a More Perfect Union 4. Promoting "Free Love" in the Victorian Age 5. Crusading against the Barbarism of Lynching 6. Educating America on the Merits of Socialism 7. Following Anarchy toward a New Social Order Dissident Voices/Common Threads II Part III. Rising from a Lone Voice to a Mass Movement 8. Propelling Black Americans into the Promised Land 9. Demanding Wider Access to Birth Control Information Dissident Voices/Common Threads III Part IV. Changing the World in a Single Generation 10. Opposing America's "Dirty War" in Vietnam 11. Defining a Counterculture of Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll...and Social Justice 12. Standing Tall and Tough against Racial Oppression 13. Creating an Agenda for Gay and Lesbian Rights 14. Liberating the American Woman Dissident Voices/Common Threads IV 15. Dissidence in a New Millennium Acknowledgments Notes Index

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This book examines the abolitionist and labor press, black power publications of the 1960s, the crusade against the barbarism of lynching, the women's movement, and antiwar journals. Streitmatter also discusses gay and lesbian publications, contemporary on-line journals, and counterculture papers like The Kudzu and The Berkeley Barb that flourished in the 1960s.

About the Author

Rodger Streitmatter is professor of journalism at American University. His books include Raising Her Voice: African-American Women Journalists, Unspeakable: The Rise of the Gay and Lesbian Press in America, and Mightier than the Sword: How the News Media Have Shaped American History. He lives in Washington, DC.

Reviews

Recommended. Choice Recommended for all public and academic libraries. -- Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia University Library Library Journal Offers some details likely to please any media buff. San Francisco Bay Guardian [A] fascinating book. Booklist fascinating and colorful tales of indvidual struggle, social upheavel and journlistic grit...should be applauded for its rigorous contributions -- Tonya Couch Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism

EAN: 9780231122498
ISBN: 0231122497
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Dimensions: 22.96 x 15.54 x 1.83 centimetres (0.48 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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