Working for Peace and Justice: Memoirs of an Activist Intellectual (Legacies of War)

Working for Peace and Justice: Memoirs of an Activist Intellectual (Legacies of War)

Lawrence S. Wittner


A longtime agitator opposed to struggle and social injustice, Lawrence Wittner has been tear-gassed, threatened through police with drawn weapons, charged via squaddies with mounted bayonets, spied upon by means of the united states executive, arrested, and purged from his activity for political -reasons. To say that this teacher-historian-activist has led a fascinating lifestyles is a substantial understatement.
    during this soaking up memoir, Wittner strains the dramatic process a lifestyles and occupation that took him from a Brooklyn boyhood within the Nineteen Forties and ’50s to an schooling at Columbia college and the collage of Wisconsin to front strains of peace activism, the struggle for racial equality, and the struggles of the exertions stream. He info his kinfolk historical past, which incorporated the bloody anti-Semitic pogroms of late-nineteenth-century japanese Europe, and chronicles his lengthy educating occupation, which comprised positions at a small black collage in Virginia, an elite women’s liberal arts collage north of latest York urban, and ultimately an enduring domestic on the Albany campus of the country collage of ny. all through, he packs the narrative with colourful vignettes describing such actions as battling racism in Louisiana and Mississippi through the early Nineteen Sixties, participating with peace-oriented intellectuals in Gorbachev’s Soviet Union, and best hundreds of thousands of antinuclear demonstrators during the streets of Hiroshima. because the e-book additionally unearths, Wittner’s paintings as an activist used to be matched via scholarly achievements that made him one of many world’s most desirable gurus on the historical past of the peace and nuclear disarmament movements—a examine distinctiveness that resulted in revealing encounters with such different figures as Norman Thomas, the Unabomber, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Caspar Weinberger, and David Horowitz.
    A tenured professor and popular writer who has however lived in stress with the wider currents of his society, Lawrence Wittner tells an interesting own tale that incorporates the most turbulent and critical occasions of contemporary history.

Lawrence S. Wittner, emeritus professor of heritage on the college at Albany, SUNY, is the writer of diverse scholarly works, together with the award-winning three-volume Struggle opposed to the Bomb. between different awards and honors, he has got significant provides or fellowships from the nationwide Endowment for the arts, the yank Council of realized Societies, the Aspen Institute, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the loo D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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