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Young Radicals
Young Radicals: In the War for American Ideals | Jeremy McCarter
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From the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution, the stunning story of five American radicals fighting for their ideals as the country goes mad around them Where do we find our ideals? What does it mean to live for themand to risk dying for them? For Americans during World War I, these werent abstract questions. Young Radicals tells the story of five activists, intellectuals and troublemakers who agitated for freedom and equality in the hopeful years before the war, then fought to defend those values in a country pitching into violence and chaos. Based on six years of extensive archival research, Jeremy McCarters dramatic narrative brings to life the exploits of Randolph Bourne, the bold social critic who strove for a dream of America that was decades ahead of its time; Max Eastman, the charismatic poet-propagandist of Greenwich Village, whose magazine The Masses fought the government for the right to oppose the war; Walter Lippmann, a boy wonder of socialism who forged a new path to seize new opportunities; Alice Paul, a suffragist leader who risked everything to win women the right to vote; and John Reed, the swashbuckling journalist and impresario who was an eyewitness toand a key player inthe Russian Revolution. Each of these figures sensed a moment of unprecedented promise for American lifepolitically, socially, culturallyand struggled to bring it about, only to see a cataclysmic war and reactionary fervor sweep it away. A century later, we are still fighting for the ideals these five championed: peace, womens rights, economic equality, freedom of speechall aspects of a vibrant American democracy. The story of their struggles brings new light and fresh inspiration to our own. Praise for Young Radicals One of the exciting new nonfiction books this summer.Sarah Begley, Time McCarters prose is engaging, moving, and, at times, laugh-out-loud funny. Recommended for young radicals today who want to understand past attempts to change the world in the face of repression.Library Journal (starred review) In this poetic, impassioned book, written with a fierce moral urgency, Jeremy McCarter conjures up a clutch of brilliant dreamerspoets, feminists, journalists, and political rebelswhose freewheeling ideas collided with the carnage of World War I and the repressive atmosphere of the postwar Red Scare.Ron Chernow, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Alexander Hamilton Jeremy McCarters gripping exploration of what drives young people toward revolutionary acts, in even the most desperate days, could not be more relevant to our current political moment.Rebecca Traister, New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies Engaging, thought-provoking, and wonderfully intimate, this book should inspire artists, writers, activists, and anyone who values peace and justice in a time of conflict and war.Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and New York Times bestselling author of Just Mercy Young Radicals is a highly dramatic, beautiful, and precise story of incredibly brave young people encountering bigotry, greed, ignorance, fear, and murderous rage, all the usual enemies of hope, decency, generosity of spirit, clarity, and courage of thought.Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prizewinning author of Angels in America and Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Lincoln
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DrawingSustenance
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As I was leaving the Lower East Side Pickle Day Festival, I came upon a modest looking bookstore. It didnt take very long for me to realize that it's also a radical activist center. I saw many books on topics like feminism and black studies. I've never seen anything quite like it. 📚😯

Stacypatrice A pickle festival too! What a great day!! 4mo
Scochrane26 Where‘s this at? 4mo
DrawingSustenance @Scochrane26 BLUESTOCKINGS 172 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002 Open 11 am – 11 pm daily 4mo
Scochrane26 @JulietBooks I‘ll have to go whenever I make it to nyc again. 4mo
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Wellreadhead
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#goodreads #giveaway #winner
Anyone had a chance to read this yet?

wanderinglynn No, but it‘s on my list! 2y
Wellreadhead Cool! 2y
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Gina
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This book caught my at the library and even though I already have 2 library books checked out and I promised myself I would not check out more... I just couldn't leave without it!

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Jas16
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From my TBR a book about radical #youngamericans.
#septembowie

Cinfhen Sounds interesting 🤔😀 2y
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charminggoats
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How I'm spending my Fourth, apparently

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catiewithac
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I got a signed copy of this book through #strand #bookhookup 📖 It's a fast-paced history of Progressive Era politics written in present tense. The subject matter heavy but the delivery is light!

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catiewithac

"'Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.'" - Alice Paul

Just started reading this new history. The present tense requires getting used to but the text starts to flow so you hardly notice.