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Encyclopedia of American activism, 1960 to the present
DiCanio, Margaret.
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Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [1998]

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xii, 322 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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In the 1960s, a number of activist movements in the United States played a significant role in reshaping public attitudes. This encyclopedia describes the movements, events, people, and ideas that have contributed to social change from the 1960s to the present, encompassing movements across the political spectrum.

The volume's A-to-Z entries, many of them illustrated, include such topics as the Anti-Abortion Movement, Black Panther Party, Christian Identity Movement, and Yippies, the March on the Pentagon and Earth Day, Ralph Nader, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, and Che Guevara; consciousness raising, communes and collectives, and terrorism. This work's usefulness is enhanced by end-of-entry references, extensive cross-references, a comprehensive bibliography, and a thorough index.

Author Notes

Margaret B. DiCanio , PhD, is a professional writer.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The years since 1960 have seen many changes in the U.S. From the civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s to the environmental and right-wing militia movements of the 1990s, this volume chronicles "the people, events, movements, organizations, and issues associated with activist movements in late twentieth-century America." In more than 190 entries, it covers issues such as homelessness and urban renewal; people such as Joan Baez, Martin Luther King Jr., and Ralph Nader; events such as the occupation of Alcatraz and the Million Man March; and organizations such as Greenpeace and the Symbionese Liberation Army. Entries are arranged alphabetically and vary in length from three or four paragraphs to more than five pages for Chavez, Cesar. Each entry cites one or two sources, many of which are cited again in the general bibliography. Cross-references and an index facilitate access. Because topics on counterculture and activism often overlap, this volume and the ABC-CLIO Companion to the 1960s Counterculture in America [RBB Mr 15 98] have some similar information. Because the Encyclopedia of American Activism's chronological coverage extends to the present, there is more information on subjects like Tom Hayden and the sexual revolution. The Encyclopedia also has a broader scope, treating topics such as neo-Nazis and the 1988 protest at Gallaudet University as well as hippies and Black Panthers. This book will fill a need in high-school, college, and public libraries for an unbiased information source on various forms of activism over the past 40 years.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-This easy-to-use encyclopedia focuses on the people, events, organizations, and issues associated with activist movements in the last three decades. In addition to many of the expected entries (e.g., Hippies, Ralph Nader, Nelson Mandela, Roe v. Wade), the author includes many lesser-known groups and topics (e.g., Physicians for Human Rights, Urban Forestry). The articles range from several paragraphs to several pages and contain cross-references and brief lists of references. A comprehensive bibliography appears at the end along with a helpful subject index. Black-and-white photographs appear throughout. Although a great deal of literature about this period and these events is available, this book is particularly accessible to young people and will be useful in both public and school libraries.-Marsha S. Holden, Highland Community College, Freeport, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

DiCanio's book will be a helpful reference work for students and scholars interested in activism and US social history generally. The individuals and events it presents are listed alphabetically, and both the selection of entries and the coverage for each entry are sufficient for an encyclopedic approach. A useful list of further readings appears for every individual or event. The entries range from Malcolm X to Maya Lin and include general treatment of such issues as rock and roll and social movements. Some readers might object to individuals who have been included (such as Mao Zedong) and those left out (such as the Berrigan brothers). Nonetheless, this book is a good start for studies of activism across eras of contemporary US society. A table of contents listing the entries would have been useful, but there is a good bibliography and a very good index. General readers and undergraduates. R. L. Moses University of Minnesota