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... : An Autobiography. Teachers’ College Press.
Dorothy Healey. Well-known labor organizer in California with a 40-year career. Eventually a national leader of the American Communist Party. Strong advocate for the rights of Black and Chicano farm and factory workers.
Healey, Dorothy and Maurice Isserman. 1990. Dorothy Healey Remembers: A Life in the American Communist Party. Oxford University Press.
The 1960s: New Left & Civil Rights Activists
Tom Hayden. Student civil rights, anti-war, and anti-poverty activist. Founder of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the largest student activist organization in US history. Defendent in the Chicago 8 conspiracy trial, who later became a California State Congressman.
Hayden, Tom. 2003. Rebel: A Personal History of the 1960s. Red Hen Press.
Abbie Hoffman. Colorful co-founder of the countercultural anarchist group, the “Yippies.” Anti-war activist and one of the Chicago 8 defendants.
Hoffman, Abbie. 2000. Autobiography of Abbie Hoffman 2 Ed. Perseus Books.
Bill Ayers. Member of SDS turned co-founder of the Weather Underground Organization.
Ayers, Bill. 2003. Fugitive Days: A Memoir. Penguin Books.
Malcolm X. Fiery orator and iconic Muslim leader of the Black Power movement, assassinated in 1965.
Shabazz, Attallah.1987. The Autobiography of Malcolm X : As Told to Alex Haley. Ballantine Books.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Does he need an introduction?
King, Jr., Martin Luther. 2001. The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Grand Central Publishing.
Stokely Carmichael. Early civil rights activist in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) turned militant leader who sparked the Black Power movement.
Carmichael, Stokely. 2005. Ready for Revolution: The Life and Struggles of Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture). Scribner.
Johnson, Jacqueline. 1990. Stokely Carmichael: The Story of Black Power. Silver Burdett Press.
Daniel and Phillip Berrigan. Civil rights and anti-war activists from the 1960s-1990s, Christian anarchists, co-founders of the Ploughshares movement. Phillip Berrigan was a Josephite Priest and Daniel Berrigan is a Jesuit Priest. Both served time in prison for repeated acts of civil disobedience, Phillip served a total of 11 years at different times.
Polner, Murray and Jim O’Grady. 1998. Disarmed and Dangerous: The Radical Life and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan, Brothers in Religious Faith and Civil Disobedience. Westview Press.
Berrigan, Daniel. 2007. To Dwell in Peace: An Autobiography. Wipf & Stock Publishers.
Huey P. Newton. Co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense.
Jeffries, Judson L. 2002. Huey P. Newton: The Radical Theorist. University Press of Mississippi.
Assata Shakur. Charismatic speaker, East Coast leader of BPP, jailed for armed robbery, escaped to exile in Cuba, mother of Tupac Shakur.
Shakur, Assata. 2001. Assata: An Autobiography. Lawrence Hill Books.
Elaine Brown. Leader of BPP for a time while Huey Newton was in prison.
Brown, Elaine. 1993. A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story. Anchor Press.
Angela Davis. BPP member, orator, political candidate in Oakland. Now a leading Black intellectual and academic.
Davis, Angela Y. 1989. Angela Davis: An Autobiography. International Publishers.
Mumia Abu-Jamal. Member of BPP in Philadelphia, journalist, radio personality, convicted of murdering a police officer in highly controversial trial, still on death row. World-wide movement exists to free him.
Abu-Jamal, Mumia. 1997. Death Blossoms: Reflections from a Prisoner of Conscience. Plough Publishing House.
The American Indian Movement
Leonard Peltier. A leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM), tried and convicted of murdering two FBI agents in controversial trial. Serving life in prison. Also focus of world-wide movement to free him.
Peltier, Leonard. 2000. Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance. St. Martin's Griffin.
Dennis Banks. Early leader of AIM.
Banks, Dennis and Richard Erdoes. 2005. Ojibwa Warrior: Dennis Banks And The Rise Of The American Indian Movement. University of Oklahoma Press.
Russell Means. Early leader of AIM.
Means, Russell. 1996. Where White Men Fear to Tread: The Autobiography of Russell Means. St. Martin's Griffin.
After the 1960s
Ann Hansen. Militant punk/anarchist activist from Canada.
Hansen, Ann. 2002. Direct Action: Memoirs of an Urban Guerrilla. AK Press.
Che Guevara. Author, Marxist leader of the Cuban revolution, and revolutionary activist in many countries in Central and South America. Killed in Bolivia in 1967.
Anderson, Jon Lee. 1998. Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life. Grove Press.
Subcommandante Marcos. Masked leader of the Mexican Zapatista movement for autonomy of indigenous peoples of Mexico, famous orator who drew lots of media attention and built an international network in support of the movement.
Henck, Nick. 2007. Subcommander Marcos: The Man and the Mask. Duke University Press.
Nelson Mandela. Leader of the resistance to Apartheid in South Africa. Served 20 years in prison and emerged to become the first president of South Africa after Apartheid fell.
Mandela, Nelson. 1995. Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. Back Bay Books.
Mandela, Nelson. 1996. Mandela: An Illustrated Autobiography. Little, Brown and Company.
Mohandas Gandhi. Author, activist, spiritual and political leader of the anti-colonial independence movement in India. Pioneer of nonviolent philosophy of Satyagraha and proponent of mass civil disobedience. Assassinated in 1948.
Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) and Mahadev H. Desai. 1993. Gandhi An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth. Beacon Press. Social Change in Action
When using resources from TRAILS, please include a clear and legible citation
Leach, Darcy. 2010. "Social Change in Action." Syllabus published in TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Originally published 2008 in Teaching Social Movements, edited by L. J. Wood, P. Almeida, and B. Roth. Washington DC: American Sociological Association. (http://trails.asanet.org)
It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the problems of our times. What can ordinary people do to bring about social change? How can they organize themselves effectively without sacrificing the very values for which they are fighting? This course combines: 1) reading, discussion, and writing about strategies for social change; 2) workshops on practical organizing skills like participatory decision-making, publicity and outreach, campaign research, nonviolent tactics, alliance-building, etc.; and 3) a collective action project which the class will research, design, and carry out together. Students should have either prior coursework in social issues/social movements or activist experience.
Collective Behavior/Social Movements
Learning Goals and Assessments:
Social Movements - Module 14.doc