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The CQ Press Guide to Radical Politics in the United States is a unique work which provides an overview of radical U.S. political movements on both the left and the right sides of the ideological spectrum. It focuses on analyzing the origins and trajectory of the various movements, and the impact that movement ideas and activities have had on mainstream American politics. This guide is organized thematically, with each chapter focusing on a prominent arena of radical activism in the United States. These chapters will: • Trace the chronological development of these extreme leftist and rightist movements throughout U.S. history • Include a discussion of central individuals, organizations, and events, as well as their impact on popular opinion, political discourse, and public policy • Include sidebar features to provide additional contextual information to facilitate increased understanding of the topic Seeking to provide an accessible, balanced, and well-documented discussion of topics often overlooked in political science, this book includes an introduction to anarchism, communism, and socialism as well as the Chicano movement, civilian border patrols, Black power, the Ku Klux Klan, ACT-UP, the militia movement, Occupy Wall Street, farmers’ rebellions, Earth First!, the Animal Environmental Liberation Front, and many others.

Peace and Antiwar Movements
Peace and antiwar movements

The liberty of conscience cannot be cancelled, abridged, restrained, or modified by any authority of the United States.

—Benjamin Bates, 1810 petition to the Virginia Legislature1

Don’t Be a Soldier. Be a Man. Join the IWW and fight on the job for yourself and your class.

—Wobbly sticker2

We see no reason for black men, who are daily murdered physically and mentally in this country, to go and kill yellow people abroad, who have done nothing to us and are, in fact, victims of the same oppression.

—Stokely Carmichael, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)3

Political science has long taken for granted the idea that the state holds a monopoly on the legitimate use of force within a given territory. Indeed, ...

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