A hundred years ago any soapbox orator who called for women’s suffrage, a federal minimum wage, or laws protecting the environment would have been considered a utopian dreamer or a dangerous socialist. Now we take these ideas for granted. The radical ideas of one generation often become common sense for the next. We all stand on the shoulders of earlier generations of organizers, activists, writers, artists, and progressive politicians who challenged the status quo of their day. The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century is a deeply informed, colorful and witty history of the 20th century progressive leaders and movements that changed history. It also explores the new generation of 21st century activists who are shaping our future to promote a more humane, democratic, and just society.
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