Is resistance un-American? How far should resistance go? Courage and desperation have sparked instances of resistance since the dawn of civilization. Jesus, Thoreau, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King resisted the nonviolent way. Here for the record is a remarkably full discussion of instances of twentieth-century resistance to inform, inspire, and possibly instruct by example. Here are the frightening, inspiring stories of the anti-Nazi, anti-Communist, anti-war, anti-discrimination movements, and the individuals who have faced up to oppressors.
“Resistance must begin with the self,” the author concludeswith the courage to say no when everyone expects us to say yes. Here, a well-known reporter of the deeds of dissenters, revolutionaries, rebels, and gadflies calls on his vast resources of observation and sympathy to help us take heart and turn the tide against our sea of troubles.
About the Author
Jules Archer was one of the most respected names in nonfiction for young people. During his lifetime he published over seventy books, which have been translated into twelve languages throughout the world. He lived in Scotts Valley, California until his death in 2008.
Kathleen Krull left her career as an editor in 1984 to turn to writing, most recently the Women Who Broke the Rules series. Her more than sixty books have garnered starred reviews and awards, and the Children’s Book Guild of Washington, DC, honored her with its Nonfiction Award for her body of work that “has contributed significantly to the quality of nonfiction for children.” She lives in San Diego, California.
Table of Contents
1 Why Do People Resist the Law? 1
2 Is Resistance Un-American1? 11
3 How Far Should Resistance Go? 17
4 Four Giants Who Showed the Way 27
5 Resisting the Hitler Terror 36
6 Resistance Movements Around the World 49
7 Resisting the Iron Curtain 62
8 "Madness" In Moscow 75
9 Resisting Today's Dictators 86
10 Resistance In Vietnam 97
11 "Stop the War!" 108
12 The Student Resistance 126
13 Black Power Flexes Its Muscles 137
14 Other American Resistance Movements 148
15 Tactics and Frustrations 158
16 "Law and Order" 165
17 You, Me, and the Government 175
18 Resistance Brings Change 180
19 Act Where You Have Power 188
Bibliography and Suggested Further Reading 199