The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame
Unfortunately, most Americans know little of this progressive history. It isn’t taught in most high schools. You can’t find it on the major television networks. In popular media, the most persistent interpreter of America’s radical past is Glenn Beck, who teaches viewers a wildly inaccurate history of unions, civil rights, and the American Left.
The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century, a colorful and witty history of the most influential progressive leaders of the twentieth century and beyond, is the perfect antidote.
labor was too radical for most Democrats, especially as the Cold War was heating up. So Reuther sought to achieve similar goals at the bargaining table, creating, in effect, a private welfare state for those Americans lucky enough to work for the nation’s biggest corporations and to have a union contract. In 1948 the UAW got GM to agree to a historic contract tying wage increases to the general cost of living and to productivity increases. Over the next two decades, UAW members won unprecedented
make the world safer or make America a more livable society. In The Affluent Society and other books, and in his advice to Democratic candidates and officeholders, Galbraith was always a skeptic about the Cold War and the influence of what Dwight D. Eisenhower called the “military-industrial complex.” The Affluent Society sold more than 1 million copies and stayed on the New York Times best-seller list for most of 1958. It helped lay the foundation for the liberal policies carried out by JFK and
candidates. “If a woman candidate says, ‘Judge me as you would a man’ it encourages voters to regard political office as the natural habitat of men, who provide the role models that a woman must emulate to succeed,” Abzug explained. “This is a mistake. Women candidates have special strengths and should not try to conceal them.” Abzug remained involved in national affairs, serving on President Jimmy Carter’s National Advisory Commission for Women until she was fired for criticizing the
about the nation’s welfare.” Democrats in Congress invoked the “99 percent” to press for passage of Obama’s jobs act, to raise taxes on the wealthy, to extend unemployment benefits, and to strengthen mine safety regulations. In contrast, Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, called the protesters “a growing mob,” and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House, described Occupy’s protests as “un-American” and “class warfare.” Jackson, Mississippi, 2011 In November,
During the war, she cofounded the Woman’s Peace Party, whose agenda was peace and women’s rights, and cofounded what would eventually be called the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She served as the league’s president until a few years before her death. Lincoln Steffens (1866–1936) CREDIT: Associated Press LINCOLN STEFFENS was the undisputed king of muckrakers. His exposés of corruption shocked the nation, changed public opinion, and provided ammunition for reformers. A man