Magazine article Mother Jones

The Price of Dissent: Testimonies to Political Repression in America

Magazine article Mother Jones

The Price of Dissent: Testimonies to Political Repression in America

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The Price of Dissent: Testimonies to Political Repression in America By Bud Schultz and Ruth Schultz. University of California Press. $24.95.

These are the firsthand stories of what irrepressible Americans have endured to keep the radical movement going and, in favorable moments, growing, despite the pressures-- both legal and illegal-against it. The authors (a professor at Trinity College and an oral historian) have for decades been interviewing activists from the labor, black power, and antiwar movements, encouraging their subjects to tell their own stories. The more than 40 dissenters who do so in this volume-with lively introductions to individuals and issues by the Schultzes-open themselves up, with recollections of their experiences, hopes, bitter disappointments, and unbroken determination.

A handful of the interviewees are household names-black nationalist Stokely Carmichael, Pentagon Papers shrink/essayist Daniel Ellsberg. But the others, with a few exceptions, would be forgotten if the Schultzes did not bring their stories to light. …

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