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Working for Peace and Justice: Memoirs of an Activist Intellectual (Legacies of War)

By Lawrence S. Wittner

A longtime agitator opposed to struggle and social injustice, Lawrence Wittner has been tear-gassed, threatened via police with drawn weapons, charged by way of infantrymen with mounted bayonets, spied upon by way of the united states govt, arrested, and purged from his activity for political -reasons. To say that this teacher-historian-activist has led an engaging lifestyles is a substantial understatement.
    during this soaking up memoir, Wittner strains the dramatic process a lifestyles and profession that took him from a Brooklyn boyhood within the Forties and ’50s to an schooling at Columbia college and the collage of Wisconsin to front traces of peace activism, the struggle for racial equality, and the struggles of the hard work stream. He info his kinfolk heritage, which incorporated the bloody anti-Semitic pogroms of late-nineteenth-century japanese Europe, and chronicles his lengthy instructing occupation, which comprised positions at a small black collage in Virginia, an elite women’s liberal arts university north of latest York urban, and eventually an enduring domestic on the Albany campus of the nation college of big apple. all through, he packs the narrative with colourful vignettes describing such actions as combating racism in Louisiana and Mississippi in the course of the early Nineteen Sixties, participating with peace-oriented intellectuals in Gorbachev’s Soviet Union, and major hundreds of thousands of antinuclear demonstrators throughout the streets of Hiroshima. because the e-book additionally finds, Wittner’s paintings as an activist was once matched via scholarly achievements that made him one of many world’s most efficient specialists on the background of the peace and nuclear disarmament movements—a learn uniqueness that ended in revealing encounters with such varied figures as Norman Thomas, the Unabomber, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Caspar Weinberger, and David Horowitz.
    A tenured professor and well known writer who has however lived in rigidity with the wider currents of his society, Lawrence Wittner tells a fascinating own tale that incorporates probably the most turbulent and important occasions of contemporary history.

Lawrence S. Wittner, emeritus professor of historical past on the college at Albany, SUNY, is the writer of diverse scholarly works, together with the award-winning three-volume Struggle opposed to the Bomb. between different awards and honors, he has bought significant promises or fellowships from the nationwide Endowment for the arts, the yank Council of realized Societies, the Aspen Institute, the USA Institute of Peace, and the toilet D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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