Synopses & Reviews
This collection of unpublished talks and hard-to-find essays from legendary activist-historian Staughton Lynd blends themes that encourage the rejection of capitalist imperialism, while also seeking a transition to a newly organized world. The dynamic collection provides reminiscence and analysis of the 1960s and a vision of how historians might immerse themselves in popular movements while maintaining their obligation to tell the truth. A final group of presentations, entitled Possibilities,” explores nonviolence, resistance to empire as a way of life, and what a working-class self-activity might mean in the 21st century.
"From Here to There both reminds us of the remarkable time span of Staughton Lynd's life and activism and documents the growth and insight of an activist academic who became a true organic intellectual." —Labor Studies Journal (March 2012)
From Here to There collects unpublished talks and hard-to-find essays from legendary activist historian Staughton Lynd.
The first section of the Reader collects reminiscences and analyses of the 1960s. A second section offers a vision of how historians might immerse themselves in popular movements while maintaining their obligation to tell the truth. In the last section Lynd explores what nonviolence, resistance to empire as a way of life, and working class self-activity might mean in the twenty-first century. Together, they provide a sweeping overview of the life, and work--to date--of Staughton Lynd.
Both a definitive introduction and further exploration, it is bound to educate, enlighten, and inspire those new to his work and those who have been following it for decades. In a wide-ranging Introduction, anarchist scholar Andrej Grubačic considers how Lynd's persistent concerns relate to traditional anarchism.
About the Author
Andrej Grubacic is an anarchist dissident, historian, and sociologist who has written on anarchism and the history of the Balkans. He is the author of Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism, and Radical History. He lives in San Francisco. Staughton Lynd is a former professor of history at Spelman College and Yale. He is the author of Nonviolence in America: A Documentary History. He lives in Youngstown, Ohio.