American Social Leaders and Activists (American Biographies (Library))

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Featuring over 250 entries on important American activists and social leaders from colonial times to the present, this A-Z biographical dictionary is composed of entries on figures who have been at the head of social reform and, to a lesser extent, those who have directed reactionary movements.

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NEIL A. HAMILTON is Professor of History at Spring Hill College.

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Written by a history professor at the University of Tennessee, American Social Leaders and Activists includes biographies of more than 285 people who have attempted to change the norms of their society. Most of the alphabetical entries are one or two pages in length, with those for well-known individuals ranging four to five pages in length. Fifty-five of the entries include a black-and-white picture, and each entry ends with a three- to five-title "Further Reading" section. In addition to a general index, entries are also indexed by activity and decade of birth.

Social reformers from colonial times to the present from a variety of fields are included. The author has selected well-known and lesser-known individuals from both ends of the spectrum (and places in between). Abbie Hoffman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Gloria Steinem are here, as are Rush Limbaugh, Phyllis Schlafly, and Randall Terry (founder of Operation Rescue). Several Latino and Native American activists are included (two groups that are often overlooked). Individuals whose social reform activities are often overshadowed by other accomplishments are also covered (e.g., Dr. Spock and Joan Baez). Perhaps most interesting is the inclusion of David Duke, supporting the author's desire to include "those people I consider to be the most prominent, most controversial or interesting."

American Social Leaders and Activists is a fine book. When compared to similar sources--American Social Leaders (ABC-CLIO, 1993) and American Reform and Reformers: A Biographical Dictionary (Greenwood, 1996)--it is superior. American Social Leaders does have more entries, but it is nearly 10 years old and does not include as many biographies on those still living. American Reform and Reformers has longer entries but only covers about 50 individuals, all of whom are well known. The current title is a recommended purchase for high-school, public, and academic libraries. RBB
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