We the Resistance

We the Resistance
Documenting a History of Nonviolent Protest in the United States

Edited by Michael G. Long
Foreword by Chris Hedges
Afterword by Dolores Huerta

Review in the Midwest Review of Books
Aug 19, 2019

"We the Resistance: Documenting a History of Nonviolent Protest in the United States is an anthology of first-person accounts from individuals who had the courage to resist injustice through nonviolent means, from the pre-Revolutionary War era to modern times. From the Abolitionist movement, to strikes and other efforts to resist unjust labor practices, to the struggle for women's rights, LGBT rights, the anti-globalization movement, and more, these writings detail America's rich history of protest and fighting without weapons to make the nation a better place. Erudite and inspirational, We the Resistance is highly recommended, especially for personal, public, and college library American History collections."

Recommended by the Zinn Education Project
Apr 11, 2019

"Encounter the voices of activists sharing instructive stories through narrative and primary documents."—Zinn Education Project

Review in "Kirkus Reviews"
Feb 4, 2019

"A highly relevant, inclusive collection of voices from the roots of resistance.What are some of the precursors for the resistance movements that continue to gain momentum today? Editor Long collects an inspiring group of voices who have actively resisted the status quo, from the earliest dissent among Quakers in the historic petition against intolerance known as 'The Flushing Remonstrance' to a March 2018 editorial entitled 'We Do Not Want a Wall,' by San Diego immigration attorney Dulce Garcia. Long emphasizes that the collection 'aims to document nonviolent protests that have been leftist—socially, politically, and econo mically—within the context of U.S. history.' Eschewing coverage of rallies by the Ku Klux Klan and those targeting Roe v. Wade, for example, the editor includes protests that promoted the abolition of slavery, the right to 'free love and unregulated sex,' the rights of women and those disenfranchised, the conservation of animals, the elimination of police brutality, and so on. While there are documents by a few iconic names, such as Henry David Thoreau, Angela Y. Davis, and Naomi Klein, Long has left out some big names like Martin Luther King Jr. for 'practical reasons'—i.e., securing rights to his work is difficult and expensive. Yet the result of showcasing less-well-known voices is added richness, underscoring what legendary activist Dolores Huerta notes is largely the impetus of people from 'humble backgrounds' who 'shoulder[ed] their way up from the bottom.' Many of the included pieces shine: Abenaki leader Loron Sauguaarum's 1727 plainspoken document 'I Have No King' explaining his honest understanding of a treaty made with the crafty English negotiators; ex-slave narratives such as Underground Railroad stationmaster Jermain Wesley Loguen's 'I Won't Obey It!'; Margorie Swann's autobiographical 1959 'Statement on Omaha Action' delineating her pacifist stance; and the 2015 'Eleven Reasons to Close Guantánamo' by Naureen Shah of Amnesty International USA, among many others. Empowering words to challenge, confront, and defy."—Kirkus Reviews