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The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame
Saturday, July 21, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A hundred years ago any soapbox orator who called for women’s suffrage, a federal minimum wage, or laws protecting the environment would have been considered a utopian dreamer or a dangerous socialist. Now we take these ideas for granted. The radical ideas of one generation often become common sense for the next. We all stand on the shoulders of earlier generations of organizers, activists, writers, artists, and progressive politicians who challenged the status quo of their day. The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame is a deeply informed, colorful and witty history of the 20th century progressive leaders and movements that changed history. It also explores the new generation of 21st century activists who are shaping our future to promote a more humane, democratic, and just society.
“A compelling narrative of the major social justice movements of the United States and the ways that high ideals are transformed into action. I’ve found myself caught up in the sweep of history the book encompasses and in the richness of the details embedded in each story. Terrific reading.”—Jonathan Kozol
“A great collection of gripping stories. A book you won’t want to put down.”—Frances Fox Piven
“Peter Dreier’s superb book is a timely and heartening reminder that America’s most valuable citizens were resolute and inventive progressives. A wonderfully written antidote to this decade’s choice between centrism and defeatism.”—Robert Kuttner
“Skillfully crafted…a call to action for our generation and the next.”—Nelson Lichtenstein, MacArthur Foundation Chair in History, University of California, Santa Barbara