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Progressive Nation: A Travel Guide with 400+ Left Turns and Inspiring Landmarks [Kindle Edition]

Jerome Pohlen

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A Selection of the Progressive Book Club

From the sites of famous sit-ins, marches, and strikes to the locales of events that led to landmark Supreme Court decisions, this inspiring travel guide journeys to more than 400 of the places in the United States that are important to progressive politics. Organized by state, it includes the stories of hundreds of women and men of action who, through creativity and hard work, changed American society for the better. Visit the battlegrounds and celebrate the victories of civil libertarians, feminists, African Americans, gays, lesbians, environmentalists, labor organizers, and media activists. Make a stop at the home of abolitionists Levi and Catharine Coffin, Grand Central Station on the Underground Railroad. Check out Alice’s Restaurant Church, the namesake of Arlo Guthrie’s song protesting the draft. Learn about the first women’s convention held by Elizabeth Cady Stanton in Seneca Falls at the Women’s Hall of Fame. See the site of the Haymarket Riot in Chicago where laborers protested working conditions. Join the many people who pay homage at the grave site of Leonard Matlovich, the gay Vietnam War veteran who fought the U.S. military—and won—when he was wrongfully discharged for homosexuality. Each entry features a listing of books and websites for further information, making this an essential lefty resource. For liberal-minded adventurous travelers, educational family vacationers, and progressives who want to know their history, this book will inspire them to do more than just cast a vote.


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From the sites of famous sit-ins, marches, and strikes to the locales of events that led to landmark Supreme Court decisions, this inspiring travel guide journeys to over 400 of the places in the United States that are important to progressive politics. Organised by state, it includes the stories of hundreds of women and men of action who, through creativity and hard work, changed American society for the better. Visit the battlegrounds and celebrate the victories of civil libertarians, feminists, African Americans, gays, lesbians, environmentalists, labour organisers, and media activists.Make a stop at the home of abolitionists Levi and Catharine Coffin, Grand Central Station on the Underground Railroad. Check out Alice's Restaurant Church, the namesake of Arlo Guthrie's song protesting the draft. Learn about the first women's convention held by Elizabeth Cady Stanton in Seneca Falls at the Women's Hall of Fame. See the site of the Haymarket Riot in Chicago where labourers protested working conditions. Join the many people who pay homage at the grave site of Leonard Matlovich, the gay Vietnam War veteran who fought the U.S. military - and won - when he was wrongfully discharged for homosexuality.

Each entry features a listing of books and websites for further information, making this an essential lefty resource. For liberal-minded adventurous travellers, educational family vacationers, and progressives who want to know their history, this book will inspire them to do over just cast a vote.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3450 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1556527179
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; 1 edition (1 Jun. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JWUDCE
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5.0 out of 5 stars Travelling through progressive America. 7 Jun. 2008
By Preston C. Enright - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has been so needed. So often, as we travel the U.S., the only radio options we have are right-wing blowhards like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. The corporatist and militarist control over our media Orwell Rolls in His Grave misleads people into thinking that America is a right-wing country, but Jerome Pohlen's book helps to set the record straight. Even at 400 pages, it only touches the surface of this country's rich tradition of popular struggle People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present (P.S.). "Progressive Nation" includes famous and not-so-famous sites in every state, from Grafton, WV where we learn of the anti-war origins of the first Mother's Day, to Stafford, CA where we find the tree where Julia "Butterfly" Hill conducted her famous tree-sit. We also learn of current progressive actions taking place, such as in Tucson, AZ where solidarity groups like "No More Deaths.org" provide water and medical assistance to immigrants who risk death crossing the desert to flee the economic destruction of NAFTA and other "free" trade deals The Selling of "Free Trade": NAFTA, Washington, and the Subversion of American Democracy.
"Progressive Nation" has an appealling layout, and is filled with photos, quotes, and media suggestions for more information.

The author is a 2008 Green Party candidate for Congress in Illinois. I'm going to donate to his campaign as a token of thanks for this important book that brings to life America's proud left-wing history.
If Pohlen doesn't win his electoral race, hopefully he'll write more books like this. Maybe more detailed state-by-state progressive travel guides.

A couple related DVDs:
Red State Road Trip
Independent America: The Two-Lane Search for Mom & PopIndependent America: The Two-Lane Search for Mom & Pop
Anthem

A related book:
Lies Across America: What American Historic Sites Get Wrong
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