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Citizen Thoreau: Walden, Civil Disobedience, Life Without Principle, Slavery in Massachusetts, A Plea for Captain John Brown

by Henry David Thoreau & Richard Francis F. WestWinds Press (September 15, 2014)

This set of timeless essays from the quintessential American shares his valuable philosophies on nature, solitude, slavery, religion, politics, fulfilling work, civil responsibilities, and more. WALDEN, Thoreau's...


Technocreep: The Surrender of Privacy and the Capitalization of Intimacy

by Thomas P. Keenan Greystone Books (September 13, 2014)

“Technology is rapidly moving into our bodies,” writes cyber expert Keenan, “and this book gives a chilling look ahead into where that road may lead us – on a one way trip to the total surrender of privacy...


Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig's War Against Big Oil

by Andrew Nikiforuk & Chris Hedges Greystone Books (August 30, 2014)

At Trickle Creek in northern Alberta, Wiebo Ludwig thought he’d buffered his tiny religious community from civilization, but in 1990 civilization came calling. A Calgary oil company proposed to drill directly...


Home: Social Essays

by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka) Akashic Books (January 01, 2009)

A seminal Jones/Baraka literary landmine that launches Akashic Books' new African American-focused reprint series.


Historical Dictionary of the Civil Rights Movement

by Christopher M. Richardson & Ralph E. Luker Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 11, 2014)

The second edition of Historical Dictionary of the Civil Rights Movement is a guide to the history of the African-American struggle for equal rights in the United States. This dictionary has over 500 cross-referenced...


We Do!: American Leaders Who Believe in Marriage Equality

by Madeleine M. Kunin & Jennifer Baumgardner Akashic Books (September 23, 2013)

This volume demonstrates, through speeches and interviews, the astounding story of American politicians' increasing acceptance of gay marriage.


An Idea Whose Time Has Come

by Todd S. Purdum Henry Holt and Co. (March 31, 2014)

A top Washington journalist recounts the dramatic political battle to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the law that created modern America, on the fiftieth anniversary of its passage

It was a turbulent time...


The Power of Indignation

by Stéphane Hessel & E. C. Belli Skyhorse (February 18, 2014)

The astonishing life of the writer named by the New York Times one of the last living heroes of the darkest era of the twentieth century."

His brief pamphlet Indignez-vous! (Cry Out!) is an international bestseller,...


Down to the Crossroads

by Aram Goudsouzian Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 03, 2014)

In 1962, James Meredith became a civil rights hero when he enrolled as the first African American student at the University of Mississippi. Four years later, he would make the news again when he reentered Mississippi,...


The Souls of Black Folk

by W. E. B. Du Bois Dover Publications (February 10, 2012)

This landmark in the literature of black protest eloquently affirms that it is beneath the dignity of a human being to beg for those rights that belong inherently to all mankind.


Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

by Henry David Thoreau Dover Publications (February 01, 2012)

Representative sampling of Thoreau's most frequently read and cited essays: "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" (1849), "Life without Principle" (1863), "Slavery in Massachusetts" (1854), "A Plea for Captain...


The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law

by Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier, Laura Brav & Camille Michel Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 12, 2013)

Now in a comprehensively updated edition, this indispensable handbook analyzes how international humanitarian law has evolved in the face of immense new challenges to international peace and human security....


The Black Panther

by David Hilliard Atria Books (June 30, 2008)

"We knew from the beginning how critical it was to have our own publication, to set forth our agenda for freedom...to urge change, to use the pen alongside the sword," writes David Hilliard in the preface to...


Song for My Father

by Stephanie Stokes Oliver Atria Books (July 27, 2004)

On Election Day in 1960, a classmate of Stephanie Stokes Oliver threatened to beat her up. Why? Because in their class's mock presidential election, Stephanie revealed that she would follow her father's lead...


Breaking the Ice: From Land Claims to Tribal Sovereignty in the Arctic

by Barry Zellen Lexington Books (March 20, 2008)

Breaking the Ice is a comparative study of the movement for native land claims and Aboriginal rights in Alaska and the Western Arctic, and the resulting political transformation as the indigenous peoples of...


The Navajo Political Experience

by David E. Wilkins Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 25, 2013)

Native nations, like the Navajo nation, have proven to be remarkably adept at retaining and exercising ever-increasing amounts of self-determination even when faced with powerful external constraints and limited...


Human Rights and the Third World: Issues and Discourses

by Arnab Das, Subrata Sankar Bagchi, Debi Chatterjee & Clarence J. Dias et al. Lexington Books (December 06, 2012)

Human Rights and the Third World: Issues and Discourses deals with the controversial questions on the universalistic notions of human rights. It finds Third World perspectives and seeks to open up a discursive...


Top Secret: When Our Government Keeps in the Dark?

by Geoffrey R. Stone Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 24, 2007)

Top Secret explores the government, the press, and the tension that has escalated between the two since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This book addresses the executive branch's attempts to prevent...


The New American Social Compact: Rights and Responsibilities in the Twenty-first Century

by Jane A. Grant Lexington Books (February 28, 2008)

Jane Grant's book explores the need to redefine the social compact in twenty-first century America. It proposes a new compact that would honor the expansion of civil, political, and social rights in America,...


Understanding Occupy from Wall Street to Portland: Applied Studies in Communication Theory

by Ricardo Muñoz, Courtney Vail Fletcher, Renee Guarriello Heath & Priya Kapoor et al. Lexington Books (August 29, 2013)

The book provides a comprehensive analysis of the Occupy movement using various communication theory perspectives. It considers global and local contexts of the movement from its cultural and economic roots...


We Are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation

by Mike McGuire, Kate Khatib, Margaret Killjoy & David Graeber AK Press (October 23, 2012)

The only book on Occupy written by organizers, for organizers! Essential lessons from key movement strategists.


Race and Reconciliation: Redressing Wounds of Injustice

by John B. Hatch & Aaron David Gresson III Lexington Books (January 01, 1955)

Hatch develops a robust rhetorical theory of reconciliation and applies it to contemporary national and global efforts to redress the racialized wounds and injustices created by slavery. What emerges from this...


The Life of an Activist: In the Frontlines 24/7

by Randy Jurado Ertll UPA (August 15, 2013)

The Life of an Activist is a non-fiction narrative that describes key steps on how to become and evolve into an effective activist and community leader. Ertll describes social movements and provides useful advice...


Politics and the Past: On Repairing Historical Injustices

by John Torpey Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 01, 2004)

Offering a nuanced, historically grounded, and critical perspective, this book presents a multidisciplinary exploration of the growing public controversy over reparations for historical injustices.


Balancing Liberty and Security: An Ethical Study of U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, 2001-2009

by Michelle Louise Atkin Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 11, 2013)

Using the post 9/11 period as its backdrop, the book examines questions concerning the limits of government intrusion on protected Fourth Amendment rights. From the introduction of the U.S.A. PATRIOT Act and...


Catholicism and Religious Freedom: Contemporary Reflections on Vatican II's Declaration on Religious Liberty

by Kenneth L. Grasso & Robert P. Hunt Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 19, 2006)

The late Pope John Paul II frequently invoked Dignitatis Humanae as one of the foundational documents of contemporary Church social teaching. In this timely new edited collection, Catholicism and Religious Freedom:...


Black Churches and Local Politics: Clergy Influence, Organizational Partnerships, and Civic Empowerment

by Drew R. Smith & Fredrick C. Harris Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 30, 2005)

This edited collection on black churches and urban politics uses case studies of ten cities to examine the strategies and tactics of activists, black clergy, and congregations. These case studies illustrate...


Civil Peace and the Quest for Truth: The First Amendment Freedoms in Political Philosophy and American Constitutionalism

by Murray Dry Lexington Books (November 17, 2004)

Dry examines the U.S. Supreme Court's treatment of the First Amendment freedoms of religion and speech against the founding of the American Constitution and its philosophical underpinnings.


Paths to State Repression: Human Rights Violations and Contentious Politics

by Christian Davenport, Sandra Maline, Ronald Francisco & Linda Camp Keith et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 15, 2000)

In the last ten years, there has been a resurgence of interest in repression and violence within states. Paths to State Repression improves our understanding of why states use political repression, highlighting...


Conceptions of and Corrections to Majoritarian Tyranny

by Donald L. Beahm Lexington Books (January 01, 2002)

The fundamental tenet of democracy is that the majority rules. Yet as James Madison wrote, 'Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression.' In this focused new work, Don Beahm...


Let Freedom Ring

by Kitty Kelley Thomas Dunne Books (August 12, 2013)

A bestselling author and legendary photographer present an illuminating look at a pivotal moment in our nation's history: The March on Washington

Despite the heat and humidity, people came in droves from across...


Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance

by Heidi Boghosian & Lewis Lapham City Lights Publishers (July 22, 2013)

Spying on US citizens is rising as corporations make big bucks selling info about our private lives to the government.


Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity

by Tim Wise City Lights Publishers (June 01, 2010)

How "colorblindness" in policy and personal practice perpetuate racial inequity in the United States today.


Terrorism and the Politics of Fear

by David L. Altheide AltaMira Press (April 24, 2006)

Terrorism and the Politics of Fear shows how the mass media and propaganda about fear of crime and terrorism contribute to social policies that promote social control and threaten civil liberties. This excellent...


Zones of Twilight: Wartime Presidential Powers and Federal Court Decision Making

by Amanda DiPaolo Lexington Books (December 22, 2009)

Zones of Twilight examines how the federal courts decide wartime cases when rights are limited, arguing that the courts do not use rights-based language but instead decide cases emphasizing the institutional...


In Defense of Our America

by Anthony D. Romero & Dina Temple-Raston HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

“A brave, powerful book from one of freedom’s most courageous defenders. These stories remind us how real -- how personal -- the threats to our Constitutional rights really are -- and of the duty that we...


Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English

by John Russell Rickford & Russell John Rickford Wiley (August 10, 2007)

In Praise of Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English

"Spoken Soul brilliantly fills a huge gap. . . . a delightfully readable introduction to the elegant interweave between the language and its culture."

-Ralph...


Civil Rights

by Thomas Sowell HarperCollins (October 13, 2009)

It is now more than three decades since the historic Supreme Court decision on desegregation, Brown v. Board of Education. Thomas Sowell takes a tough, factual look at what has actually happened over these decades...


Control: Exposing the Truth About Guns

by Glenn Beck Threshold Editions (April 30, 2013)

#1 bestselling author and popular radio and television host Glenn Beck shines a spotlight on today's culture of violence and provides practical, timely, and fact-based answers to the most commonly heard gun-control...


Same-Sex Marriage in Latin America: Promise and Resistance

by Shawn Schulenberg, Adriana Piatti-Crocker, Jason Pierceson & Genaro Lozano et al. Lexington Books (November 29, 2012)

This volume sheds light on regional, national, and individual-level factors that have led to major developments for same-sex relationship equality in Latin America and explores institutional, political, and...


Charles H. Thompson: Policy Entrepreneur of the Civil Rights Movement

by Louis Ray Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (July 06, 2012)

During the era of segregation, the Journal of Negro Education published research vital to overturning racial segregation as public policy. Charles Thompson’s editorials inspired and mobilized activists, slowly...


Restricting Freedoms: Limitations on the Individual in Contemporary America

by Vladimir Shlapentokh & Eric Beasley Transaction Publishers (February 28, 2013)

Today, freedom is so closely associated with the United States that most people still view America as the ultimate symbol of freedom. Vladimir Shlapentokh and Eric Beasley argue that the idea of basing American...


Civil Rights Advocacy on Behalf of the Poor

by Catherine M. Paden University of Pennsylvania Press (February 17, 2011)

In Civil Rights Advocacy on Behalf of the Poor, Catherine M. Paden examines five civil rights organizations and explores why they chose to represent the poor—specifically, low-income African Americans—during...


Race-Baiter

by Eric Deggans St. Martin's Press (October 29, 2012)

Gone is the era of Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, when news programs fought to gain the trust and respect of a wide spectrum of American viewers. Today, the fastest-growing news programs and media platforms...


Arc of Justice

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2004

by Kevin Boyle Henry Holt and Co. (March 31, 2007)

An electrifying story of the sensational murder trial that divided a city and ignited the civil rights struggle

In 1925, Detroit was a smoky swirl of jazz and speakeasies, assembly lines and fistfights. The advent...


With Liberty and Justice for Some

by Glenn Greenwald Metropolitan Books (November 10, 2011)

From "the most important voice to have entered the political discourse in years" (Bill Moyers), a scathing critique of the two-tiered system of justice that has emerged in America

From the nation's beginnings,...


The Case for Liberalism in an Age of Extremism

by Alan Dershowitz Hot Books (May 26, 2020)

“Maybe the question isn’t what happened to Alan Dershowitz. Maybe it’s what happened to everyone else.”—Politico

In The Case for Liberalism in an Age of Extremism, Alan Dershowitz—New York Times bestselling...


Damaged Heritage

by J. Chester Johnson Pegasus Books (May 05, 2020)

An illuminating journey to racial reconciliation experienced by two Americans—one black and one white.

The 1919 Elaine Race Massacre, arguably the worst in our country’s history, has been widely unknown for...


Meena, Heroine of Afghanistan

by Melody Ermachild Chavis St. Martin's Press (March 31, 2007)

Meena founded the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan in 1977 as a twenty-year-old Kabul University student. She was assassinated in 1987 at age thirty, and lives on in the hearts of all progressive...


The Ten Things You Can't Say In America

by Larry Elder St. Martin's Griffin (September 03, 2001)

Straight Talk From the Firebrand Libertarian Who Struck a Chord Across America

Larry Elder tells truths this nation's public figures are afraid to address. In The Ten Things You Can't Say in America, he turns...