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The Resource Front porch politics : the forgotten heyday of American activism in the 1970s and 1980s, Michael Stewart Foley

Front porch politics : the forgotten heyday of American activism in the 1970s and 1980s, Michael Stewart Foley

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Front porch politics : the forgotten heyday of American activism in the 1970s and 1980s
Title
Front porch politics
Title remainder
the forgotten heyday of American activism in the 1970s and 1980s
Statement of responsibility
Michael Stewart Foley
Title variation
  • Forgotten heyday of American activism in the 1970s and 1980s
  • Forgotten heyday of American activism in the seventies and eighties
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"An on-the-ground history of ordinary Americans who took to the streets when political issues became personal. It is widely believed that Americans of the 1970s and '80s were exhausted by the upheavals of the '60s and eager to retreat to the private realm. When they did take action, it was mainly to express their disillusionment with government by supporting the right. In fact, as Michael Stewart Foley shows, neither of these assumptions is correct. On the community level, the 1970s and '80s saw vibrant new forms of political activity emerge. Tenants challenged landlords, farmers practiced civil disobedience to protect their land, and laid-off workers asserted a right to own their idled factories. Activists fought to defend the traditional family or to expand the rights of women, while entire towns organized to protest the toxic sludge in their basements. In all these arenas, Americans were propelled by their own experiences into the public sphere. Disregarding conventional ideas of "left" and "right, " they turned to political action when they perceived an immediate threat to the safety and security of their families, homes, or dreams. Front Porch Politics is a people's history told through on-the-ground experiences. Recalling crusades famous and forgotten, Foley shows how Americans followed their outrage into the streets. Their distinctive style of visceral, local, and highly personal activism remains a vital resource for the renewal of American democracy"--
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Foley, Michael S
Dewey number
322.40973/09046
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
  • JK1764
  • JK1764
LC item number
  • .F65 2013
  • .F65 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Political participation
  • Protest movements
  • Political activists
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Front porch politics : the forgotten heyday of American activism in the 1970s and 1980s, Michael Stewart Foley
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
sky255743196
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 401 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780809054824
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013014769
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Front porch politics : the forgotten heyday of American activism in the 1970s and 1980s, Michael Stewart Foley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
sky255743196
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 401 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780809054824
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013014769
Other physical details
illustrations

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