The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century (Paperback)

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The pioneering Asian American labor organizer and writer’s vision for intersectional and anti-racist activism.
 
In this powerful, deeply humanistic book, Grace Lee Boggs, a legendary figure in the struggle for justice in America, shrewdly assesses the current crisis—political, economical, and environmental—and shows how to create the radical social change we need to confront new realities. A vibrant, inspirational force, Boggs has participated in all of the twentieth century’s major social movements—for civil rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights, and more. She draws from seven decades of activist experience, and a rigorous commitment to critical thinking, to redefine “revolution” for our times.
 
From her home in Detroit, she reveals how hope and creativity are overcoming despair and decay within the most devastated urban communities. Her book is a manifesto for creating alternative modes of work, politics, and human interaction that will collectively constitute the next American Revolution—which is unraveling before our eyes.

About the Author


Grace Lee Boggs (1915–2015) was an activist, writer, and speaker. She has received many human rights and lifetime achievement awards and was celebrated in the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Boggs authored Revolution and Evolution in the Twentieth Century (with James Boggs) and Living for Change: An Autobiography. This was her last book.

Scott Kurashige is Associate Professor at the University of Michigan and author of The Shifting Grounds of Race: Black and Japanese Americans in the Making of Multiethnic Los Angeles.

Praise For…


"The Next American Revolution is a moving and persuasive testimony from one of the greatest scholar-activists this country has ever produced. . . . Whether we are activists, scholars, or both, we all have a great deal to learn from Grace Lee Boggs' exemplary life and work."

— Contemporary Sociology

“There are lessons here for activists that make this slim volume a handbook for personal, and therefore, social transformation.”

— Yes! Magazine

"A masterful weaving of history, philosophy, social justice, and activism. The author’s poignant political analysis and synthesis provide the loom that gathers otherwise interesting singular fibers to create a vibrant, revolutionary cloth, one that is purposefully left with space for continued work and growth. It inspires readers to not only think critically but also challenges them to join others in the work needed to create more humane, equitable communities."

— Foreword Reviews

"Americans are ready for a fundamental change. Not a change of who gets to exercise power over others or a change in the material abundance available to us, but an evolution of humanity. This is the message that legendary philosopher, activist and community organizer Grace Lee Boggs delivers in her new book."


— Nation

"This is a much-deserved celebration of an accomplished activist, yielding lessons in civil rights history, stark assessments of today's troubles, and worthy ideas to frame a better tomorrow." 

— Publishers Weekly

"A vibrant, inspirational force, Boggs has participated in all of the twentieth century’s major social movements—for civil rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights, and more. She draws from seven decades of activist experience, and a rigorous commitment to critical thinking, to redefine “revolution” for our times. From her home in Detroit, she reveals how hope and creativity are overcoming despair and decay within the most devastated urban communities. Her book is a manifesto for creating alternative modes of work, politics, and human interaction that will collectively constitute the next American Revolution."

— Resilience
Product Details
ISBN: 9780520272590
ISBN-10: 0520272595
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: May 31st, 2012
Pages: 256
Language: English