The Resource Seeds of change : the story of ACORN, America's most controversial antipoverty community organizing group, John Atlas, (electronic resource)

Seeds of change : the story of ACORN, America's most controversial antipoverty community organizing group, John Atlas, (electronic resource)

Label
Seeds of change : the story of ACORN, America's most controversial antipoverty community organizing group
Title
Seeds of change
Title remainder
the story of ACORN, America's most controversial antipoverty community organizing group
Statement of responsibility
John Atlas
Title variation
Story of ACORN, America's most controversial antipoverty community organizing group
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
From the Publisher: Seeds of Change goes beyond the headlines of the last Presidential campaign to describe what really happened in ACORN's massive voter registration drives, why it triggered an unrelenting attack by Fox News and the Republican Party, and how it confronted its internal divisions and scandals. Based on Atlas's own eyewitness original reporting, as the only journalist to have access to ACORN's staff and board meetings, this book documents the critical transition from founder Wade Rathke, a white New Orleans radical to Bertha Lewis, a Brooklyn African American activist. The story begins in the 1970s, when a small group of young men and women, led by a charismatic college dropout, began a quest to help the powerless help themselves. In a tale full of unusual characters and dramatic conflicts, the book follows the ups and downs of ACORN's organizers and members as they confront big corporations and unresponsive government officials in Albuquerque, Brooklyn, Chicago, Detroit, Little Rock, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and the Twin Cities. The author follows the course of local and national campaigns to organize unions, fight the subprime mortgage crisis, promote living wages for working people, struggle for affordable housing and against gentrification, and help Hurricane Katrina's survivors return to New Orleans. The book dispels the conservative myth that we can only help the poor through private soup kitchens and charity and the liberal myth that the solution rests simply with more government services. Seeds of Change, not only provides a gripping look at ACORN's four decades of effective organizing, but also offers a hopeful analysis of the potential for a revival of real American democracy
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
307.1/4097309045
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HN85.A3
LC item number
A85 2010eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Seeds of change : the story of ACORN, America's most controversial antipoverty community organizing group, John Atlas, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-323) and index
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  • net
Color
multicolored
Contents
List of illustrations -- Preface -- Introduction -- 1: Wade Rathke and the roots of ACORN -- 2: Stepping onto a larger stage -- 3: ACORN's Model T -- 4: Innovation of electoral politics -- 5: Organizing a union in the hood -- 6: Partnering with the enemy -- 7: Urban homesteading -- 8: Political ground shifts --9: New York: A new model -- 10: Living wage -- 11: Never borrow money needlessly: ACORN and the subprime crisis -- 12: ACORN's family party -- 13: Atlantic yards, the nets, and the battle of Brooklyn -- 14: Then, overnight, it is washed away -- 15: Rich Gumbo -- 16: Right to Vote -- 17: Growing pains -- 18: Prostitute and the assault -- Epilogue: Progressive social movement -- Appendix A: Finding and developing leaders -- Appendix B: Running voter-registration campaigns -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
ocn709606807
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 336 p.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780826517067
Level of compression
unknown
Other physical details
ill
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
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.b33610289
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)709606807
  • ebsco0826517072

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