American Dissidents: An Encyclopedia of Activists, Subversives, and Prisoners of Conscience, Volume 1

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Kathlyn Gay
ABC-CLIO, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 685 pages
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The two-volume American Dissidents: An Encyclopedia of Activists, Subversives, and Prisoners of Conscience is a work that is as interesting as it is important, spotlighting men and women who are heroes to some, outlaws and villains to others. The 150 individuals profiled in this encyclopedia represent diverse ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds, as well as various movements and ideologies. They are authors, anarchists, civil rights advocates, communists, entertainers, environmentalists, government officials, labor organizers, libertarians, military personnel, pacifists, political activists from the left and right, religious leaders, and suffragettes--all of whom have labored to change the social, economic, and political landscapes of the United States.

Each of the profiles of 2,000 words or more offers not only biographical data but also information to help readers place the individuals within the context of events that surrounded and influenced their activities. Because objectivity is a key consideration of the work, entries include both praise and criticism.


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Kathlyn Gay is a prolific writer of nonfiction information books for adults and teens. Her published works include more than 100 titles.

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