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Works of Radical Imagination

21st Century Voices of a People's History of the United States

Documents of Resistance and Hope, 2000-2023

by Anthony Arnove and Haley Pessin

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The social movements of the first two decades of the 21st century come to life for the first time in a comprehensive volume of inspired documentation of activism, protest, and social change.

In this book, editors Anthony Arnove and Haley Pessin, curate voices of resistance and hope from 2000 to the present, inspired by the original Voices of a People’s History of the United States. The book features speeches, essays, songs, and documents from  Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, indigenous struggles, the environmental movement, disability justice organizers, and frontline workers during the global pandemic who spoke out against the life-threatening conditions of their labor.

Gathering 120 documents from across the country and including contributions from Angela Y. Davis, Naomi Klein, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Ayo Tometi, Colin Kaepernick, Walter Mosley, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Amy Goodman, Nick Estes, Linda Sarsour, Marc Lamont Hill, Eve Ensler, Rebecca Solnit, Rev. William Barber and others, this book offers resources of hope for those seeking to understand our recent history so they can better understand how to change it.

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Anthony Arnove produced the Academy Award-nominated documentary Dirty Wars, is the editor of several books, including Voices of a People’s History of the United States, which Arnove co-edited with Zinn, The Essential Chomsky, Howard Zinn Speaks, and Iraq Under Siege, and is the author of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal. He also wrote the introduction for the new thirty-fifth anniversary edition of Zinn’s classic book A People’s History of the United States. Arnove is on the editorial boards of Haymarket Books and the International Socialist Review.

HALEY PESSIN is a socialist activist based in New York City. She is a member of the AfroSocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus of the Democratic Socialists of America. Her writing has appeared in New Politics and she is on the editorial board of Tempestmag.org. She frequently speaks on the topics of mass incarceration and the Black Liberation struggle.