Political Dissent: A Global Reader

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This is a global anthology of great texts in the history of political dissent. Volume 1 spans the ancient and early-modern world, beginning with the Book of Isaiah, from the eighth century, BCE, and ending with John C. Calhoun's "South Carolina Exposition," from the early nineteenth century CE. Volume 2 begins with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the "Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments," from the mid-nineteenth century, and ends with the 2008 online Chinese human rights manifesto "Charter 08". The selected texts come from across the ideological spectrum, representing a wide range of political, cultural, philosophical, and religious perspectives. Each text has been framed with an introduction that describes its historical context and importance and provides readers with assistance in interpreting the text-including explanations of unfamiliar terms and concepts. These introductions have been written for a general audience. Each text is also accompanied by a list of "Suggestions for Further Reading," which points interested readers toward reliable sources for further exploration of the text, its author, and/or the historical moment or issues involved. This anthology should be accessible and useful to anyone from advanced high school students to scholarly specialists.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 308 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 621.42g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 0739135945
  • 9780739135945

About Derek Malone-France

Derek Malone-France is associate professor of religion and writing and director of the University Writing Program at The George Washington University.show more

Review quote

This second volume of Political Dissent brings together a set of forceful, eloquent, and accessible readings-from The Seneca Falls Declaration to Charter 08 of the Chinese Human Rights Defenders, from Thoreau to Einstein, Gandhi to Qutb, Douglass to Du Bois to King. Derek Malone-France has done a remarkable job of selecting diverse and important statements of dissent, and of offering a lucid, concise introduction to each. His book is an important resource for anyone interested in how writers have argued for political and intellectual freedom. -- Joseph Harris, Duke University Readers can certainly find these selections elsewhere, but the strength of this volume lies in how well the author has framed this collection of writings. This work goes a long way towards illuminating dissent as a vital genre of rhetoric and literature. The short essays which introduce each selection are very well-written, accessible, and grounded within the particular debates and historical conditions animating each author. -- Cedric Johnson, Hobart and William Smith Colleges We normally think of 'dissent' as minority opinion, as side-currents from the mainstream. By drawing on a wide variety of examples from around the world, this fine collection shows how dissenters are, indeed, lonely and courageous voices within their historical contexts, but also squarely at the center of the universal human quest for freedom, equality, and justice. The dissenters collected here, if put in the same room, would easily agree on fundamentals, and would speak for the mainstream of humanity. -- Perry Link, University of California, Riversideshow more

Table of contents

General Preface Foreword to Volume Two Chapter 1: The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments Elizabeth Cady Stanton, et al. Chapter 2: Manifesto of the Communist Party Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles Chapter 3: Civil Disobedience Henry David Thoreau Chapter 4: What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? Frederick Douglass Chapter 5: God and the State Mikhail Bakunin Chapter 6: J'accuse... ! Emile Zola Chapter 7: Of the Sons of Master and Man W. E. B. Du Bois Chapter 8: Freedom or Death Emmeline Pankhurst Chapter 9: Two Tactics of Social Democracy in the Democratic Revolution Vladimir Ilyich Lenin Chapter 10: The International Development of China Sun Yat-sen Chapter 11: Statement at the "Great Trial" of 1922 Mohandas K. Gandhi Chapter 12: Einstein, Oxnam, and the Inquisition I. F. Stone Chapter 13: Milestones Sayyid Qutb Chapter 14: Letter from Birmingham Jail Martin Luther King, Jr. Chapter 15: In Quest of Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi Chapter 16: Charter 08 Chinese Human Rights Defenders Copyright Notices About the Editorshow more