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50 American Revolutions You're Not Supposed…

50 American Revolutions You're Not Supposed to Know: Reclaiming American… (2005)

by Mickey Z

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Mickey Z. at his tendentious best. He probes the many and various ramifications of events like the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, and recontextualizes them out of the realm of Monolithic Overculture Thinking. It's like a fast and furious version of Saving Private Power, his deconstruction of WWII as a venal moneygrubbing exercise instead of the Great and Noble Enterprise we're forced to think it was by the pounding drumbeat of the mass culture we live in.

Mickey's never been in danger of being mainstream, speaking as one who knows and loves him as a friend, but this kind of work that so depserately needs doing will make him an outrider to the left of where the herd walks for good and ever. Thanks be for that! ( )
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Perfectly sized for handbags and coat pockets (it's the same size as a CD), it's a tremendous gift for anyone whose idea of patriotism needs some revision. 50 American Revolutions is a concise, quick guide to the people and events in our country's history that progressives and anyone not impressed by the radical Right's warped version of patriotism can be proud of. Author Mickey Z begins with Thomas Paine's revolutionary manifesto Common Sense, written anonymously as a pamphlet in January 1776 and read by every member of Congress, and goes on to highlight the most notable people and events in the history of the United States, right through to the families of 9/11 victims in the group Peaceful Tomorrows questioning the connection between the events of that day and the United States' subsequent acts of aggression in Iraq. In addition to concise essays on everything and everyone from the Bill of Rights to disability rights, Coxey's Army to Public Enemy, Mickey also highlights important milestones along the timeline of the book, making for a complete picture of US history, good with bad.… (more)

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