The author, who teaches at Phillips Exeter Academy, has combined excerpts from tracts dating from 1657 to 1973 on civil...

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CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE IN AMERICA: A Documentary History

The author, who teaches at Phillips Exeter Academy, has combined excerpts from tracts dating from 1657 to 1973 on civil disobedience. Compared to Staughton Lynd, Nonviolence in America (1966), Weber's is an unimpressive endeavor. Although not dealing with the exact same theme, both Lynd and Weber selected many of the same, original essays. Unlike Lynd, Weber writes a short, disjointed introduction, one compensated for only by his able summations prefacing each document. Weber does include, as Lynd didn't, a segment on feminism, along with well-considered samples from anti-Vietnam War and Black Power protests and the fascinating 1973 Watergate scandal dialogue between Jeb Stuart Magruder and William Sloane Coffin. But Weber's work has only slightly updated, rather than replaced whole, Lynd's labor.

Pub Date: July 3, 1978

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Publisher: Cornell Univ. Press

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1978