A concise entry point for understanding the role protests have played in shaping America.

PROTEST

A HISTORY OF SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN AMERICA

A brief yet informative run-through of the role and significance played by unified group action in American society’s advancement.

The First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees citizens, among other rights, the freedom to protest. This book offers summaries of some crucial moments in U.S. history when that right has been exercised. It touches on the basis for and evolution of movements that have brought about both gradual and radical changes that were—and in some cases, still remain—necessary for the progression of society in ways that are most fair and equitable for its members. The examples featured illustrate that human rights advocacy is enacted in a variety of ways and usually requires risk and sacrifice for uncertain payoff. The examples given in the chapters following the introduction are the struggle for women’s suffrage, the civil rights movement (up through Black Lives Matter), protests against the Vietnam War, the fight for gay rights, and the environmental movement. Kallen also mentions counterprotesters and adjacent or similar movements that aided each other, offering context. The easy-to-read writing is succinct and, enhanced by the inclusion of well-chosen photos that highlight pivotal events, will serve as a digestible foundation and gateway for readers interested in these subject areas.

A concise entry point for understanding the role protests have played in shaping America. (picture credits, source notes, organizations and websites, further research, index, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-67820-090-9

Page Count: 64

Publisher: ReferencePoint Press

Review Posted Online: Aug. 3, 2021

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Small but mighty necessary reading.

THE NEW QUEER CONSCIENCE

From the Pocket Change Collective series

A miniature manifesto for radical queer acceptance that weaves together the personal and political.

Eli, a cis gay white Jewish man, uses his own identities and experiences to frame and acknowledge his perspective. In the prologue, Eli compares the global Jewish community to the global queer community, noting, “We don’t always get it right, but the importance of showing up for other Jews has been carved into the DNA of what it means to be Jewish. It is my dream that queer people develop the same ideology—what I like to call a Global Queer Conscience.” He details his own isolating experiences as a queer adolescent in an Orthodox Jewish community and reflects on how he and so many others would have benefitted from a robust and supportive queer community. The rest of the book outlines 10 principles based on the belief that an expectation of mutual care and concern across various other dimensions of identity can be integrated into queer community values. Eli’s prose is clear, straightforward, and powerful. While he makes some choices that may be divisive—for example, using the initialism LGBTQIAA+ which includes “ally”—he always makes clear those are his personal choices and that the language is ever evolving.

Small but mighty necessary reading. (resources) (Nonfiction. 14-18)

Pub Date: June 2, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-09368-9

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: March 29, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2020

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THEY CALLED US ENEMY

A beautifully heart-wrenching graphic-novel adaptation of actor and activist Takei’s (Lions and Tigers and Bears, 2013, etc.) childhood experience of incarceration in a World War II camp for Japanese Americans.

Takei had not yet started school when he, his parents, and his younger siblings were forced to leave their home and report to the Santa Anita Racetrack for “processing and removal” due to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066. The creators smoothly and cleverly embed the historical context within which Takei’s family’s story takes place, allowing readers to simultaneously experience the daily humiliations that they suffered in the camps while providing readers with a broader understanding of the federal legislation, lawsuits, and actions which led to and maintained this injustice. The heroes who fought against this and provided support to and within the Japanese American community, such as Fred Korematsu, the 442nd Regiment, Herbert Nicholson, and the ACLU’s Wayne Collins, are also highlighted, but the focus always remains on the many sacrifices that Takei’s parents made to ensure the safety and survival of their family while shielding their children from knowing the depths of the hatred they faced and danger they were in. The creators also highlight the dangerous parallels between the hate speech, stereotyping, and legislation used against Japanese Americans and the trajectory of current events. Delicate grayscale illustrations effectively convey the intense emotions and the stark living conditions.

A powerful reminder of a history that is all too timely today. (Graphic memoir. 14-adult)

Pub Date: July 16, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-60309-450-4

Page Count: 208

Publisher: Top Shelf Books

Review Posted Online: Aug. 5, 2019

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