This terrific submission to the Resistance Library comes from Dr. Moni McIntyre in the Sociology Department at Duquesne University. Captain McIntyre (0-6) was named Ethics Consultant to the Navy Surgeon General in 2000. In that capacity, and until her retirement from the Navy in 2008, she taught health care ethics all over the continental US and in Okinawa, and she is adjunct assistant professor at the Uniform Services University in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. McIntyre is the author of Social Ethics and the Return to Cosmology: A Study of Gibson Winter. She co-edited Readings in Ecology and Feminist Theology as well as Light Burdens, Heavy Blessings, and most recently published a book chapter entitled “The Black Church and Whiteness: Looking for Jesus in Strange Places” in Christology and Whiteness edited by George Yancy (Routledge 2012). Her most recent paper presentations have addressed aspects of health care ethics and military medicine, the vocation of medicine, and end of life issues.
Addams, Jane. Twenty Years at Hull House, 2013. The settlement house movement took shape in Chicago at Hull House in the early 20th century. Addams formed her own resistance movement and has impacted the lives of thousands of people since then.
Alinsky, Saul. Rules for Radicals, 1971/1989, and Reveille for Radicals, 1946/1969/1989. These two handbooks for social change come from the “Big Daddy” of community and labor organizing. They are indispensable readings in this library!
Arendt, Hannah. On Violence, 1970. In this slim volume (120 pages), this highly respected political scientist and philosopher analyzes the nature, causes, and significance of violence in the second half of the twentieth century.
Ashbaugh, Carolyn. Lucy Parsons: An American Revolutionary, 2013. The persistence and courage needed to campaign for an eight-hour day and other rights for workers is illustrated in this story of a remarkable and complex woman at the turn of the last century.
Bailie, Gil. Violence Unveiled: Humanity at the Crossroads, 1996. This Christian anthropologist tackles the difficult task of explaining violence. It is a challenging text that rewards the reader looking for a prophetic description of our world.
Baldwin, James. The Fire Next Time, 1963/1992. This classic is an early look at the emerging civil rights movement by someone who had a great deal at stake.
Bamberger, Michele and Robert Oswald. The Real Cost of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food, 2015. This book is a stunning call for resistance to the fracking going on especially in Pennsylvania.
Bell, Thomas. Out of This Furnace: A Novel of Immigrant Labor in America, 1941. From beginning to end, this thinly disguised autobiography describes three generations of resistance in a steel mill in Braddock, Pennsylvania.
Berrigan, Philip. Fighting the Lamb’s War: Skirmishes with the American Empire, 2002. In the tradition of Gandhi, Thoreau, King, and Dorothy Day, this Vietnam war resister exemplified courage in his determined efforts to fight injustice all his life.
Bissonette, Jamie. When the Prisoners Ran Walpole: A True Story in the Movement for Prison Abolition, 2008. The aftermath of the 1971 Attica prison riot led to the peaceful running of the maximum-security Walpole prison with impressive results.
Blackmon, Douglas. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, 2009. This book puts fuel on the fire of resistance and should be read by everyone.
Brawley, Otis Webb. How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America, 2012. This is a compelling exposition of the overtreatment of the rich and the undertreatment of the poor in the United States.
Browdy de Hernandez, Jennifer. Women Writing Resistance: Essays on Latin American and the Caribbean, 2003. Eighteen distinguished (and by now quite well known) voices share their thoughts on art, feminism, and activism in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Carrigan, Ana. Salvador Witness: The Life and Calling of Jean Donovan, 2005. One of the four church women martyred in El Salvador in 1981, Jean Donovan’s story is told in this small volume.
Cleaver, Eldridge. Soul on Ice, 1967/1999. This classic and formidable autobiography helped to shape America’s understanding of racism during the civil rights movement.
Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me, 2015. This letter from a Black father to his son about life in these United States is not to be missed.
Cone, James. The Cross and the Lynching Tree, 2013. A Black Theology of Liberation, 1970/2010. Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare, 1992/2012. These and others of Cone’s books do not disappoint. He explores powerful symbols and the lives of formidable individuals in Christian and American history.
Cunningham, David. Klansville: The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era Ku Klux Klan, 2014. This history of resistance to the Brown decision of 1954 is fascinating.
Davis, Devra. When Smoke Ran Like Water: Tales of Environmental Deception and the Battle Against Pollution, 2003 and The Secret History of the War on Cancer, 2009. A passionate academic advocate for an end to environmental pollution, Davis was the Founding Director, Center for Environmental Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.
Day, Dorothy. The Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of the Legendary Catholic Social Activist, Loaves and Fishes: The Inspiring Story of the Catholic Worker Movement, and Dorothy Day: Selected Writings. These three texts reveal Dorothy Day as of the most powerful witnesses of resistance in American history.
Dees, Morris. A Lawyer’s Journey: The Morris Dees Story, 2003. Morris Dees is the personification of resistance, and this is his story and the story of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which he founded.
Dewar, Robert J. A Savage Factory: An Eye-Witness Account of the Auto Industry’s Self-Destruction, 2009. This memoir describes the resistance from all sides against all sides in a Ford factory in Ohio.
Dickens, Charles. Hard Times, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities. These classic texts merit a (re)reading for inspiration for the resistance.
Dorr, Donal. Options for the Poor and for the Earth: From Leo XIII to Pope Francis, 2016.
In this book, Dorr focuses on Catholic Social Teaching and economic equality. It is an expanded and revised edition of his classic, Option for the Poor.
Du Bois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk, 1903. This is a must read! It puts resistance into historical perspective and illustrates the philosophical differences between DuBois and Booker T. Washington.
Easwaran, Eknath. Nonviolent Soldier of Islam: Badshah Khan: A Man to Match His Mountains, 1999. This inspiring story of resistance is guaranteed to inspire resistance in its readers. A wonderful read!
Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickle and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, 2011. This best seller exposes the impossibility of minimum wage workers living a decent life on their income.
Ellison, Ralph. The Invisible Man, 1952. This brilliant masterpiece is a wonderful backdrop for understanding why resistance is necessary.
Evans, Jeanne. “Here I Am, Lord”: The Letters and Writings of Ita Ford, 2005. Along with three other church women, Maryknoll Sister Ita Ford was martyred in El Salvador in 1981 for helping the poor of the land. This book reveals Ita Ford through her own words.
Fanon, Franz. Wretched of the Earth , 2005. This classic analysis of the psychology of the colonized was written by a famous psychiatrist from Martinique, who probes the reality of revolutionized struggle.
Fisher, Roger and William Ury. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving in, 1991/2011. This is a classic text in interpersonal negotiation.
Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary. This brilliant novel depicts a woman in resistance trapped by her society and her own human nature.
Forest, Jim. The Root of War Is Fear: Thomas Merton’s Advice to Peacemakers, 2016. Although he died in 1968, Merton’s words are timeless for the resistance movement.
Frank, Dana. Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America, 2016. This is an update of the first edition that tells how women are moving toward international labor solidarity through their banana unions.
Freire, Paolo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 1970/2000. This classic text is not to be missed! The author explains his “banking” concept of education and why we have a permanent underclass.
Gandhi, Mohandas K. An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth, 1993. The great one tells his story, and we can see his humanity through it all.
Georgakas, Dan and Marvin Surkin. Detroit: I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution, 1999. This South End classic tells the terrible story of the labor movement in the 1960s and 1970s in Detroit’s auto industry.
Gutierrez, Gustavo. A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, and Salvation, 1973/1988. This is the book that introduced the Latin American liberation theology movement to the world—still an excellent read.
Hacker, Andrew. Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal, 2003. This updated text paints a picture of racism in American and explores the causes for our persistence in it.
Hardy, Thomas. Jude the Obscure. This novel is a profound examination of classism in Victorian England. A masterpiece!
Harper, Kenn. Give Me My Father’s Body: The Life of Minik, the New York Eskimo, 2001. By telling this story, Harper’s book is itself an act of resistance. He keeps alive the horrific ways in which indigenous peoples were used by the famous explorer Robert E. Peary and others at the turn of the last century.
Hobbs, Jeff. The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League, 2015. Not all who attempt to resist drugs are successful.
Hodge, James and Linda Cooper. Disturbing the Peace: The Story of Father Roy Bourgeois and the Movement to Close the School of the Americas, 2004. This is a wonderful introduction to a resistance movement that had its beginnings in 1989.
Incite! Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology, 2016. This updated version of a powerful work presents many ideas on resistance and movement building by women of color around the world.
Jones, James A. Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, 1993. This book describes the reasons for the resistance so reverenced at Tuskegee University even today.
Klein, Naomi. No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, 2000, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, 2008, and This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, 2015. This award-winning journalist thoroughly investigates every topic she tackles and gives reasons for resistance.
Kozol, Jonathan. Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation, 2012. With characteristic skill, Kozol has written another compelling book of resistance objecting to the unequal educational opportunities in the United States.
Lauritzen, Paul. Ethics of Interrogation: Professional Responsibility in an Age of Terror, 2013. This is a thorough discussion of the limits of torture and other hostile techniques.
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960. It is time to reread this masterpiece of American literature.
Lifton, Robert J. The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide, 1988. This book is well worth the effort to read in its entirety. Resistance permeates every page in one form or another.
Lui, Meizhu and Barbara Robles. The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide, 2006. Don’t let the age of this book fool you; it is more relevant now than ever.
MacDonald, Michael Patrick. All Souls: A Family Story from Southie, 2007. This book chronicles the author’s family’s resistance to a changing Irish Catholic neighborhood despite the facts all around them.
Marable, Manning. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, 2011. This thoroughly researched book will endear you to the man whose life exemplified resistance.
Milgram, Stanley. Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View, 2009. Who resists? In this classic text, Yale psychologist Milgram noted how few did in the 1960s. Familiarity with this work is essential.
Moss, Michael. Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, 2014. This award-winning book is an examination of three of the ingredients that have fueled the obesity epidemic.
Murphy, James G. War’s Ends: Human Rights, International Order, and the Ethics of Peace, 2014. This disquisition on the ethical limits of war is thorough and provocative. Murphy offers a serious analysis of the just war theory today.
Murray, Pauli. Proud Shoes, 1989. This engaging autobiography tells the story of a Black activist, feminist, lawyer, priest, and poet. This woman knew resistance.
Nhat Hanh, Thicht. Being Peace, 1987/2005. This world-famous Zen Master from Viet Nam has written a timeless and beautiful meditation on how we may be reconciled with one another. A must read! He has written several other inspiring books.
Newton, Huey. Revolutionary Suicide, 1966. A paragon of resistance, Huey Newton describes his attraction and commitment to the Black Panther Party as a member of its inner circle.
Olivera, Oscar. Cochabamba! Water War in Bolivia, 2004. This is the story of the triumphant struggle of grassroots organizers to regain control of their water supply.
Pachen, Ani and Adelaide Donnelly. Sorrow Mountain: The Journey of a Tibetan Warrior Nun, 2000. Pachen kept her faith as she led the resistance in Tibet for 21 years when the Chinese took over that country. This is a beautiful and inspiring book.
Paton, Alan. Cry, the Beloved Country, 1948. This beautiful and important book cannot be equaled in resistance literature.
Peters, Shawn Francis. The Catonsville Nine: A Story of Faith and Resistance in the Vietnam Era, 2012. In 1968, a group of Catholic anti-war activists broke into a Federal building near Baltimore and stole Selective Service records and then burned them.
Prejean, Sister Helen. Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate, 1994, and Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, 2006. Renowned speaker and advocate for eradicating the death penalty, Sister Helen Prejean was portrayed by Susan Sarandon in the movie version of Dead Man Walking.
Rogers, Mary Beth. Barbara Jordan: American Hero, 2000. An exceptionally well-written biography of one of America’s true models of dignity and resistance.
Sarton, May. As We Are Now, 1992. The genius of the author is clearly in evidence in this novel about a woman’s resistance to her life in a nursing home.
Shaw, Randy. Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW, and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century, 2010. Shaw does a fine job acquainting the reader with the history and present of the United Farm Workers, an amazing resistance movement.
Silliman, Jael, et. al. Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organizing for Reproductive Rights, 2016. This little-known movement is depicted in this revised edition by Silliman and her group.
Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle, 1906/2012. This classic horror novel exposes the conditions of the meat-packing industry in Chicago at the turn of the last century. Sinclair’s efforts at resistance included the writing this novel, which led to many reforms. Excellent!
Sobrino, Jon. Spirituality of Liberation: Toward Political Holiness, 1988. Although this book is older, the author offers a prescription for living with Christian hope in very difficult times. It has a Latin American context.
Steingraber, Sandra. Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment, 2010. This updated version argues persuasively for investing in green energy and against environmental pollutants.
Tarbell, Ida M. The History of the Standard Oil Company. Get the briefer version and learn how muckraking helps resistance. This is an amazing work.
Thistlethwaite, Susan B. and Mary Potter Engle. Lift Every Voice: Constructing Christian Theologies from the Underside, 1990/1998. This textbook in systematic theology incorporates the voices of men and women, Hispanics, African Americans, Anglos, Africans, and Asians with a liberationist perspective.
Townes, Emilie. A Troubling in My Soul: Womanist Perspectives on Evil and Suffering, 1993. Townes edits this wonderful early collection of writings of womanist theologians. Their thorough appraisal of biblical texts is itself an act of resistance.
Trible, Phyllis. Texts of Terror: Literary Feminist Readings of Biblical Narratives, 1984. God and the Rhetoric of Sexuality: Overtures to Biblical Theology, 1986. Trible’s creative and credible interpretations of biblical texts are an act of resistance.
Tutu, Desmond. No Future Without Forgiveness, 2000. This beautiful and informative study of graceful resistance to vengeance inspires hope as it reveals the intricacies of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. A must read!
Tye, Larry. Rising from the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Rising of the Black Middle Class, 2005. The author helps the reader to understand classism, racism, sexism, and resistance in the Black community and in wider American life.
Verghese, Abraham. My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story, 1995. This book is one brilliant and sensitive infectious disease physician’s account of his resistance to the establishment and societal prejudice at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Vigil, Maria Lopez. Monsenor Romero: Memories in Mosaic, 2013. This is a lovely work about a courageous martyr in El Salvador, who led the resistance during their civil war.
Washington, Harriet A. Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, 2008. Washington explains why Tuskegee was only one part of the reason for resistance by Black Americans to American medicine. This excellent best seller is a must read!
Wharton, Edith. The House of Mirth. Set in New York in the early 20th century, this novel depicts the life of Lily Barton, who is trapped in the expectations of society for her sex and class. Reasons for resistance are everywhere in this book.
Wiesel, Elie. Night, 1982/2013. Wiesel’s famous autobiography of his teenage years in a Nazi concentration camp is not to be missed.
Wilkerson, Isabel. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, 2011. Lives of resistance to intolerable conditions in the South are presented in this narrative of the movement of African Americans from the South to the North and West between 1915 and 1970.
Williams, Delores. Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk, 1995/2013. Williams helped to establish the field of womanist theology. She presents Hagar, among others, as a woman of resistance.
Yoder, John Howard. The Politics of Jesus, 1994. In this classic text, Yoder helps to reclaim “Christian” from those who argue for continued belligerence. He is a pacifist and reads Jesus that way.
Zinn, Howard. The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace, 2002 and A People’s History of the United States, 2015. These are just two of several books by this giant of resistance.