Letters to A Young Activist

Letters to A Young Activist

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Baker & Taylor
A social activist considers the spirit of activism, the guiding principles that govern today's activists, the changing nature of idealism, and the positive potential of the future.

Perseus Publishing

"Be original. See what happens." So Todd Gitlin advises the young mind burning to take action to right the wrongs of the world but also looking for bearings, understanding, direction, and practical examples.In Letters to a Young Activist, Todd Gitlin looks back at his eventful life, recalling his experience as president of the formidable Students for a Democratic Society in the '60s, contemplating the spirit of activism, and arriving at some principles of action to guide the passion and energy of those wishing to do good. He considers the three complementary motives of duty, love, and adventure, and reflects on the changing nature of idealism and how righteous action requires realistic as well as idealistic thinking. And he looks forward to an uncertain future that is nevertheless full of possibility, a future where patriotism and intelligent skepticism are not mutually exclusive.Gitlin invites the young activist to enter imaginatively into some of the dilemmas, moral and practical, of being a modern citizen--the dilemmas that affect not only the problems of what to think but also the problems of what to love and how to live.


In the spirit of '60s activism, one of our era's most influential advocates of social and political change teaches protesters and dissenters how it was done, and how to keep doing it today


Book News
A former president of Students for a Democratic Society, now professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University, Gitlin looks back on his life, draws lessons for the present, and offers advice to those who look to effect political and social change. In the process he weighs in on ethics, the sixties, the power of nonviolence, compromise, discipline, identity politics, anti-Semitism, anti- Americanism, patriotism, and the process of change. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
In Letters to a Young Activist, Todd Gitlin looks back at his eventful life, recalling his experience as president of the formidable Students for a Democratic Society contemplating the spirit of activism, and arriving at principles of action to guide the passion and energy of those wishing to do good. He considers the three complementary motives of duty, love, and adventure, reflects on the changing nature of idealism, and shows how righteous action requires realistic as well as idealistic thinking. And he looks forward to an uncertain future that is nevertheless full of possibility, a future where patriotism and intelligent skepticism are not mutually exclusive.

Baker
& Taylor

A social activist who was the president of Students for a Demcratic Society in the 1960s considers the spirit of activism, the guiding principles that govern today's activists, the changing nature of idealism, and the positive potential of the future. 60,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2003
ISBN: 9780465027385
0465027385
Branch Call Number: 322.4 GIT
Characteristics: vii, 174 p. ; 21 cm

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