Announcing the release of a new book from author Peter Dreier: The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame, Nation Books, 2012. Now available at the Occidental College Bookstore, online booksellers and local bookstores.
I’m proud to announce the release of my book, The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame, by Nation Books. I hope you will buy a copy for yourself and even buy copies as gifts. You can order it now from various on-line booksellers or buy it at your local bookstore. If you teach high school or college, consider using the book in courses about American history and/or social movements.
This book celebrates the achievements of the great movements that have made America a more humane country by profiling their key leaders -- the 100 greatest people of the 20th century. The book is intentionally provocative by defining the “greatest” Americans as those individuals – organizers, activists, athletes, artists, writers, thinkers, musicians and politicians – who played key roles in the major progressive movements of the century. So the “usual suspects” on lists of greatest Americans – people like Henry Ford, Walt Disney, and Ronald Reagan -- are not included in the book.
Some of the people profiled in the book (such as Eugene Debs, Jane Addams, Martin Luther King, Upton Sinclair, Paul Robeson, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Woody Guthrie, Cesar Chavez, Ted Kennedy, and Muhammad Ali) are well-know, while many others are not as famous as they should be...
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