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We Are Power: How Nonviolent Activism Changes the World

By: Todd Hasak-Lowy

We Are Power brings to light the incredible individuals who have used nonviolent activism to change the world. The book explores questions such as what is nonviolent resistance and how does it work? In an age when armies are stronger than ever before, when guns seem to be everywhere, how can people confront their adversaries without resorting to violence themselves? Through key international movements as well as people such as Gandhi, Alice Paul, Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, and Václav Havel, this book discusses the components of nonviolent resistance. It answers the question “Why nonviolence?” by showing how nonviolent movements have succeeded again and again in a variety of ways, in all sorts of places, and always in the face of overwhelming odds. The book includes endnotes, a bibliography, and anindex.

ISBN: 9781419741111

JLG Release: Jul 2020


Sensitive Areas: Violence: General , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur
Topics: Nonviolence , History of protest movements , Political participation , Social change , Social activists , Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948) , Alice Paul (1885–1977) , Martin Luther King, Jr , (1929–1968) , Cesar Chavez (1927–1993) , Václav Havel (1936–2011)

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Hasak-Lowy profiles six past and present leaders of nonviolent resistance from Gandhi to Greta Thunberg. Gandhi’s methods of protest (disobeying the law, being arrested, marching with groups of followers along historical routes) proved to be so effective that other leaders modeled their tactics on his techniques. The book focuses on activists of Hasak-Lowy profiles six past and present leaders of nonviolent resistance from Gandhi to Greta Thunberg. Gandhi’s methods of protest (disobeying the law, being arrested, marching with groups of followers along historical routes) proved to be so effective that other leaders modeled their tactics on his techniques. The book focuses on activists of the 20th century: Alice Paul went on a hunger strike in prison to advocate for women’s suffrage, Martin Luther King Jr. and thousands of children went to jail in Birmingham to protest segregation, and Cesar Chavez led a grape boycott that resulted in the United Farm Workers gaining decent pay and working conditions. Photographs provide context. Gandhi is shown dressed in a three-piece suit with trimmed hair when he was a practicing lawyer from 1893 until 1913. Later he’s shown barefoot and wearing homemade clothes suitable for the Salt March in 1930. The author describes the suffering inherent in the work of these brave men and women and captures the joy of victory. Readers will learn about others equally important and worthy of mention: Bayard Rustin, James Bevel, and Dolores Huerta. The source notes and bibliography are excellent. Highly recommended for its outstanding treatment of the history of social justice. A good resource for student activists.

Book Details

ISBN

9781419741111

First Release

July 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

303.6

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

320

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

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N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Abrams

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: General , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur

Topics

Nonviolence, History of protest movements, Political participation, Social change, Social activists, Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948), Alice Paul (1885–1977), Martin Luther King, Jr, (1929–1968), Cesar Chavez (1927–1993), Václav Havel (1936–2011),

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