Voices of Revolution: The Dissident Press in America

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Columbia University Press, Oct 6, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 340 pages
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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.
 

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subtitled "The Dissident Press in America" each chapter is dedicated to someone who spoke the truth (and generally paid the price). my s/heroes, including William Lloyd Garrison, Margaret Sanger, Julius Wayland (The Appeal to Reason editor) Read full review

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Streitmatter (Mightier Than the Sword: How the News Media Have Shaped American History) presents 14 case studies that examine the effect that dissent or alternative periodicals had on American ... Read full review

Contents

SPEAKING UP FOR THE DISENFRANCHISED
1
1 FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHTS OF AMERICAN LABOR
3
2 AWAKENING A NATION TO THE SINS OF SLAVERY
20
3 SETTING A REVOLUTIONARY AGENDA FOR WOMENS RIGHTS
36
DISSIDENT VOICESCOMMON THREADS I
54
STRUGGLING TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION
59
4 PROMOTING FREE LOVE IN THE VICTORIAN AGE
61
5 CRUSADING AGAINST THE BARBARISM OF LYNCHING
80
DISSIDENT VOICESCOMMON THREADS III
176
CHANGING THE WORLD IN A SINGLE GENERATION
181
10 OPPOSING AMERICAS DIRTY WAR IN VIETNAM
183
11 DEFINING A COUNTERCULTURE OF SEX DRUGS ROCK N ROLL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
200
12 STANDING TALL AND TOUGH AGAINST RACIAL OPPRESSION
220
13 CREATING AN AGENDA FOR GAY AND LESBIAN RIGHTS
238
14 LIBERATING THE AMERICAN WOMAN
256
DISSIDENT VOICESCOMMON THREADS IV
275

6 EDUCATING AMERICA ON THE MERITS OF SOCIALISM
97
7 FOLLOWING ANARCHY TOWARD A NEW SOCIAL ORDER
115
RISING FROM A LONE VOICE TO A MASS MOVEMENT
139
8 PROPELLING BLACK AMERICANS INTO THE PROMISED LAND
141
9 DEMANDING WIDER ACCESS TO BIRTH CONTROL INFORMATION
159
15 DISSIDENCE IN A NEW MILLENNIUM
279
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
285
NOTES
287
INDEX
327
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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.


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