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Author Wittner, Lawrence S.

Title Working for peace and justice : memoirs of an activist intellectual / Lawrence S. Wittner
Published Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (285 pages)
Series Legacies of war
Legacies of war.
Contents 1. Family Background; 2. Brooklyn Boyhood, 1941-1958; 3. College Days, 1958-1962; 4. Graduate School, 1962-1967; 5. A Young Faculty Member, 1967-1972; 6. Overseas Exile, 1972-1974; 7. Grappling with Issues of Work and Love, 1974-1980; 8. An Activist Academic, 1981-1989; 9. A National and International Figure, 1990-2001; 10. Growing Old, but Not Gracefully, 2001-2011; 11. In Retrospect; Other Books by Lawrence Wittner
Summary A longtime agitator against war and social injustice, Lawrence Wittner has been tear-gassed, threatened by police with drawn guns, charged by soldiers with fixed bayonets, spied upon by the U.S. government, arrested, and purged from his job for political -reasons. To say that this teacher-historian-activist has led an interesting life is a considerable understatement. In this absorbing memoir, Wittner traces the dramatic course of a life and career that took him from a Brooklyn boyhood in the 1940s and '50s to an education at Columbia University and the University of Wisconsin to the front lines of peace activism, the fight for racial equality, and the struggles of the labor movement. He details his family background, which included the bloody anti-Semitic pogroms of late-nineteenth-century Eastern Europe, and chronicles his long teaching career, which comprised positions at a small black college in Virginia, an elite women's liberal arts college north of New York City, and finally a permanent home at the Albany campus of the State University of New York. Throughout, he packs the narrative with colorful vignettes describing such activities as fighting racism in Louisiana and Mississippi during the early 1960s, collaborating with peace-oriented intellectuals in Gorbachev's Soviet Union, and leading thousands of antinuclear demonstrators through the streets of Hiroshima. As the book also reveals, Wittner's work as an activist was matched by scholarly achievements that made him one of the world's foremost authorities on the history of the peace and nuclear disarmament movements--a research specialty that led to revealing encounters with such diverse figures as Norman Thomas, the Unabomber, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Caspar Weinberger, and David Horowitz. A tenured professor and renowned author who has nevertheless lived in tension with the broader currents of his society, Lawrence Wittner tells an engaging personal story that includes some of the most turbulent and significant events of recent history
Bibliography "Other books by Lawrence Wittner": page 253
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Subject Wittner, Lawrence S.
State University of New York at Albany -- Faculty -- Biography.
Historians -- United States -- Biography.
Intellectuals -- United States -- Biography.
Pacifists -- United States -- Biography.
Peace movements -- History -- 20th century.
Political activists -- United States -- Biography.
Scholars -- United States -- Biography.
Social justice -- History -- 20th century.
Student movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1280125098
1572338954 (electronic bk.)
9781572338951 (electronic bk.)