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Activists, Rebels and Reformers Edition 1.

Diane M. Sawinski, Phillis Engelbert

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ISBN 10: 0787648477 / ISBN 13: 9780787648473
Published by UÂ XÂ L, 2000
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Title: Activists, Rebels and Reformers Edition 1.

Publisher: UÂ XÂ L

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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Jane Addams fought for peace and the rights of women and poor immigrant workers in Chicago at the turn of the twentieth century. Ella Baker was a behind-the-scenes organizer, considered by many to be the "godmother" of the civil rights movement. Mohandas Gandhi united the citizens of India to peacefully overthrow British rule in the 1940s. Emiliano Zapata trained a guerrilla army and led a revolution in Mexico in the early 1900s. These individuals, all of whom shaped the course of history, present a sampling of the biographical entries included in this exciting U·X·L® title.

Activists, Rebels and Reformers examines the lives of prominent movers and shakers, as well as lesser-known agitators, from all times and places, and offers profiles on several significant groups of activists. Presented in an objective manner, this 3-vol. set allows students to reach their own conclusions about the merit of these individuals' causes. Comprehensive and thought provoking, this biographical reference includes profiles on 75 people and ten groups including:

  • Saul Alinsky
  • Amnesty International
  • The Black Panther Party
  • Cesar Chavez
  • Dorothy Day
  • Earth First!
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Paulo Friere
  • Emma Goldman
  • Sarah and Angela Grimke
  • Che Guevara
  • Abbie Hoffman
  • Alice Paul
  • Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Haile Selassie
  • Ingrid Washinawatok

Features also include sidebars, a timeline, index and 120 photographs.

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This reference set offers students an introduction to a number of mainly U.S. activists between 1818 and 1999. The editor does not state the basis for inclusion of the 68 individuals and seven organizations beyond the fact that they are believed to "have helped shape the course of history." The famous, such as Ralph Nader and Harriet Tubman, are balanced with the lesser-known, such as Michigan educator Joseph Dulin and Malaysian environmentalist Harrison Ngau. Mohandas Gandhi, Karl Marx, and Paul Robeson have entries, but the Dalai Lama, Vladimir Lenin, and Rosa Parks do not. The handful of organizations seems to get the least-even coverage. The Highlander Research and Education Center, a facility in Tennessee that trains activist organizations and labor unions, is included, but the American Red Cross, Foxfire, Greenpeace, and the Wobblies are not. In some entries, additional reformers or organizations are given a sidebar (e.g., Dolores Huerta is covered in a sidebar in the entry on Cesar Chavez; Earth First! is treated in a sidebar in the entry on environmentalist Judi Bari).

The three volumes are arranged in one alphabetical sequence. Each entry is five to ten pages long and may include a black-and-while photo or two. Treatment is chronological, and main achievements are contextualized. Cross-references are noted in bold type, and some technical terms are defined. A list of sources (books, articles, and Web sites) concludes each entry. A glossary and a list of "Activists by Cause" are repeated in each volume, preceding the entries; and the comprehensive set index closes each volume. An index by country affiliation would have been useful. (In fact, with a few exceptions, countries are not even included in the index.)

The volumes are well bound and easy to handle. Print and layout are clear. Writing is factual and accessible. Photos are useful if not powerful.

Especially as students learn about social issues, this kind of reference volume comes in handy. The U.S. emphasis probably mirrors current curriculum needs, although a greater worldview would have been welcomed. The broad base of topics makes for uneven coverage but may be supplemented by in-depth references on one cause. This work is a satisfactory starting point for the middle-school audience and up. REVWR
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