“These powerful, urgent essays remind us that everywhere there is resistance there is hope.” –Jeff Chang, author of We Gon’ Be AlrightWith Resistance, Jeff Biggers opens a new window into American history and its meaning today. In a recovery of unsung heroes, including revolutionary forefather Thomas Paine, Resistance is a provocative reconsideration of the American Revolution, bringing alive early Native American, African American, and immigrant struggles, women’s rights, and environmental justice movements. Biggers unfolds one of our country’s best-kept secrets: in dealing with the most challenging issues of every generation, resistance to duplicitous civil authority has defined our quintessential American story.
Reclaiming an American Tradition
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JEFF BIGGERS is an award-winning historian, journalist, and playwright. He is the author of several books, has been long-listed for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award, and is the recipient of the Delta Prize for Literature and David Brower Award for environmental reporting. He is the founder of the Climate Narrative Project, an arts and advocacy initiative for schools and communities.
"A widely ranging history of intellectual and moral resistance within American politics . . . The author writes clearly and with a firm grasp of historical comparison, intimately focused on compelling figures."—Kirkus Reviews
"Resist we must, resist we will--and as this volume powerfully reminds us, in so doing we are acting on the deepest American instincts."—Bill McKibben, author of Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance
"Reading this book, I saw history vanquish amnesia, David slay Goliath, and tenacity take down tyrants. I saw a long, unbroken chain of resistance extending back through centuries. I saw the world saved over and over. I saw heroes and declared them my ancestors. I heard stories to inspire bold action. I found traditions I want to pass on."—Sandra Steingraber, activist and author of Living Downstream and Raising Elijah
"[Biggers] shows us that the free expression of resistance, whether with the pen, our marching feet, the taking of a knee before a football game, the words to a song--to name a few--remains a cornerstone of what it means to be American."—Naomi Benaron, author of the Bellwether Prize-winning Running the Rift
"This book is vitally important reading for all Americans."—Susan Straight, author of Highwire Moon and A Million Nighingales
"Journalist Jeff Biggers's handy reader . . . An intellectually honest and valuable read."—The Progressive
"In divisive times, things can seem quite hopeless, but in Resistance, Biggers proves in compelling prose that, if anything, history does repeat itself--not only in its hardships and misfortunes, but its times of human connection, understanding and positive change."—Asheville Citizen-Times
"Biggers offers much to reflect upon as he traces the path of resistance movements through time. Many of the stops along the way will give pause to all but the most fervent of believers in American virtue . . . He reveals the dynamic, complicated nature of our shared history and the people and movements that have overcome--or still struggle against--injustice and prejudice in America."—The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA)
"[Jeff Biggers's] latest book may be his best yet . . . With fresh insights from the American Revolution to Standing Rock, Biggers argues that resistance is a quintessential American tradition and the most patriotic act we can undertake to sustain democracy."—Blue Ridge Outdoors
"[Biggers] provides a wealth of historical detail in this celebration of past American resistance and call for continued dissent."—Booklist
"Well-informed and often witty . . . Biggers succeeds in showing how the long tradition of resistance movements continues today."—Publishers Weekly