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American Protest Literature

Edited by Zoe Trodd

Foreword by John Stauffer

Afterword by Howard Zinn

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$33.00 • £26.95 • €29.50

ISBN 9780674027633

Publication Date: 04/30/2008

Academic Trade

576 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

20 halftones

Belknap Press

The John Harvard Library


The recently published treasure American Protest Literature, edited by Zoe Trodd…belongs on our bookshelves for two types of enjoyment. For starters, it is an invaluable reference, the first anthology to collect and examine American literature ‘that holds the nation to its highest ideals, castigating it when it falls short and pointing the way to a better collective future.’ It is also a great pleasure to read the 500-plus pages… May the daily newspaper and the nightly news glow with new perspective. Read this book.—Karen DeCrow, The Syracuse New Times

In this time of warrantless wiretaps and imprisonment without trial, [this anthology] remind[s] us how hard previous generations of Americans fought to preserve and broaden our civil and human rights… By linking original works to later pieces Trodd underlines the historical roots of American dissent and the ongoing relevance of these writings.—Duncan Stewart, Library Journal (starred review)

Trodd organizes this excellent anthology around 11 reform movements, most based on race, class, or gender (e.g., the American Revolution, abolition, women’s suffrage, gay rights). Collecting the work of both established writers and new voices, the book comprises some hundred pieces (1–3 pages each): prose excerpts, political documents, poems, photographs, film briefs, essays, fiction, narratives, and orations… This excellent book can serve as a textbook as well as a resource on social change and the literature thereof. Indeed, the persuasiveness of the collection raises the question not only of whether protest literature is a genre of its own, but also of whether it is the most American literary form.—L. L. Johnson, Choice

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