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A hundred years ago, any soapbox orator who called for womens suffrage, laws protecting the environment, an end to lynching, or a federal minimum wage was considered a utopian dreamer or a dangerous socialist. Now we take these ideas for granted— because the radical ideas of one generation are often the common sense of the next. We all stand on the shoulders of earlier generations of radicals and reformers who challenged the status quo of their day.

Unfortunately, most Americans know little of this progressive history. It isnt taught in most high schools. You cant find it on the major television networks. In popular media, the most persistent interpreter of Americas radical past is Glenn Beck, who teaches viewers a wildly inaccurate history of unions, civil rights, and the American Left.

The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century, a colorful and witty history of the most influential progressive leaders of the twentieth century and beyond, is the perfect antidote.

About the Author

Peter Dreier is E. P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and Director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Program at Occidental College. He writes regularly for the Nation, American Prospect, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Talking Points Memo. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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lescat, May 24, 2012 (view all comments by lescat)
When one considers how many people are organizing across this nation to address a myriad of issues affecting public policy, Mr. Drier's book appears to be a timely reflection on those who came before us. Using history as a great teacher, we can look to our predecessors, the path they followed, and the challenges they faced, and determine how best to use their experiences to advance our goals. Thank you for such a relevant collection!
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Dreier, Peter
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