By Anonymous (not verified) on March 11, 2013

We’re proud to announce the first title in The Progressive’s new series of Hidden History eBooks: Seneca Falls, Selma, and Stonewall. Now available from, Seneca Falls, Selma, and Stonewall is a timely selection of articles from The Progressive’s archives covering the great civil-rights movements since the magazine’s founding in 1909.

When President Obama, in his Second Inaugural address, declared “that all of us are created equal” and that this principle “is the star that guides us still, just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall,” he laid out a vision of our country’s progressive values and the historic journey toward a more just society that includes women’s rights, racial equality, gay rights, and immigrant rights.

The Progressive documented that struggle, throughout its early, suffragist years under the guidance of Belle Case La Follette, during the great civil rights battles of the 1950s and 1960s, and with joyful declarations of gay liberation by Allen Ginsberg and Harry Hay, founder of the modern gay rights movement, who said in a Progressive interview: “We have to be people who set each other free.”

(One note: You don’t need a Kindle or a dedicated eReader to view these books. Using free Kindle software -- available here -- you can read our eBooks on iPads, iPhones, PCs, Macintoshes, and Android devices. The Nook version will be released shortly as well.)

Seneca Falls, Selma, and Stonewall

273 pages

Chapter One: Seneca Falls

Clara Bewick Colby / Victory in Sight

A great march for suffrage in London

July 22, 1911

Olympia Brown / To the Citizens of Wisconsin

Olympia Brown, a well-known suffragist and one of the first ordained women ministers in the United States, urges her fellow citizens to vote for women’s suffrage.

August 19, 1911

Dr. Anna Blount / The Benefits of Woman Suffrage

The obstetrician and advocate for women’s rights explains the need for women’s suffrage.

December 16, 1911

Jane Addams / If Things Were Reversed

The founder of Hull House imagines the tables turned, arguing why men might be denied the vote.

April 6, 1912

Carl Sandburg / My Baby Girl

The poet and journalist delights in his new daughter, and responds to those who say, “too bad it’s a girl.”

February 10, 1912

Harriet Burton Laidlaw / The Vitalized Suffragists

A prominent feminist explains why the women’s vote is inevitable.

February 8, 1913

Senator Robert L. Owen / Why I Believe in Woman Suffrage

The argument for letting women vote.

September 6, 1913

Percy Mackaye / A Hymn for Equal Suffrage

February 28, 1914

Elizabeth Glendower Evans / An Audience at The White House

President Wilson, who was not ready to commit to the women’s vote, confronts working-class women who press him on the issue.

February 14, 1914

William Jennings Bryan / Let Her Vote!

The Great Commoner declares he will ask no political rights for himself he would not grant his wife.

August 8, 1914

Belle Case La Follette / The Lady From Montana

A profile of Montana Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin, in answer to the question, “How about women holding office?”

June 1, 1917

Belle Case La Follette / May the Women of the United States Vote In 1920?

The moment of victory was at hand.

February 1920

Isabel Bacon La Follette / A Room of Our Own

The daughter-in-law of Belle Case discusses housework and women’s rights.

July 1941

Judith Nies McFadden / Women’s Lib on Capitol Hill

A Progressive reporter is denied access to the “gentleman’s gallery” in the Capitol.

December 1970

Michelle Wasserman / Rape: Breaking the Silence

An exploration of the rape-crisis center movement.

November 1973

Ruth Conniff / Awesome Women in Sports

A celebration of female athleticism after Title IX.

May 1993

Elizabeth Karlin / What Shall I Wear?

An abortion doctor puts on her bulletproof vest.

October I994

An Interview with Katha Pollitt

The poet, author, and Nation columnist talks about love, sex, and dreary antifeminists.

December 1994

An Interview with Gloria Steinem

The iconic feminist looks back on her career.

June 1995

An Interview with Ani DiFranco

The feminist folk rocker talks about art, business, and staying independent.

May 2000

An Interview with Lizz Winstead

The author, comedienne, and Daily Show creator says Planned Parenthood should be like Cinnabon, in every mall.

May 2012

An Interview with Cecile Richards

The president of Planned Parenthood takes on the War on Women.

June 2012

Chapter Two: Selma

Belle Case La Follette / The Color Line

The Progressive editor and suffragist takes on segregation in Washington, D.C.

August 23, 1913

Belle Case La Follette / Color Line to Date

An investigation into segregation in the civil service.

January 24, 1914

Louis D. Brandeis / Twin Evils of the Literacy Test

The “People’s Lawyer” and future Supreme Court justice explains why literacy tests and other barriers to voting are the enemies of democracy.

April 6, 1915

Robert M. La Follette / Murdering Negroes

The Progressive’s founder denounces lynching.

August 1919

Anna Howard Shaw / Lynching Punishes the Community

Speaking out against commonplace murder.

November 1919

Mary La Follette / Dramatic Story of Marian Anderson’s Outdoor Concert in Nation’s Capital

A lyrical firsthand account of the concert that was a civil rights watershed.

May 6, 1939

Charles Curtis Munz / Negroes Seek Right to Join Democratic Party

An exploration of the Southern Democrats’ stubborn refusal to admit blacks.

March 2, 1940

William O. Douglas / One More Chance

The civil libertarian and Supreme Court justice calls on America to realize the promise of racial justice.

December 2, 1946

A. Philip Randolph / Revolt Against Jim Crow

The president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters says, “The Government’s case is untenable and cannot indefinitely withstand any frontal attack of nonviolent good will.”

May 1948

James Farmer / I Will Keep My Soul

The national director of the Congress of Racial Equality gives an account of the first Freedom Riders.

November 1961

James Baldwin / A Letter to My Nephew

The novelist, essayist, and author of Go Tell It on the Mountain offers advice on survival in the face of deadly racism.

December 1962

Murray Kempton / Intruder in the Dust

The great journalist and author gives a riveting account of the trial after the murder of Emmett Till.

November 1955

Milton Mayer / The Issue Is Miscegenation

The Progressive columnist demands that liberals confront America’s obsession with the specter of interracial marriage.

September 1959

June Jordan / The Invisible People

The poet and essayist interviews African Americans about the Presidential election that was stolen from them.

March 2001

June Jordan / Requiem for the Champ

The poet and essayist remembers the neighborhood where she and Mike Tyson grew up.

April 1992

An Interview with Jesse Jackson

The civil rights icon and former Presidential candidate talks about politics and hope for a progressive future.

January 1995

An Interview with Barack Obama

Then-Senate candidate Obama discusses his relationship with the left, his core beliefs, and the meaning of progressive politics.

October 2004

Bill Fletcher Jr. / Reflections on the 2012 Election

The writer and activist explains what Republicans and white liberals alike overlooked in the 2012 elections.

December 2012

Chapter Three: Stonewall

Richard Gollance / I'm Proud to Be a Sissie

Embracing gay identity before it was cool.

May 1973

Roger Wilkins / Institutional Bigotry

A civil rights leader joins hands with the gay rights movement.

November 1980

Leslie Powell / The Gay Writer

Bumping up against homophobia in the literary world.

November 1981

George Heymont / Parents Come Out

The beginnings of the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

March 1982

Jim Lynch / Witch Hunt at Parris Island

An investigative report on the Marine Corps’ obsession with rooting out lesbians.

May 1989

Paul Bass / Gay-Bashing at Yale

Harassment in the Ivy League.

February 1990

An Interview with Randy Shilts

The journalist who brought the AIDS epidemic to light talks about confronting anger in the gay community, discrimination in the straight world, and the importance of coming out.

May 1991

Minnie Bruce Pratt / One Good Mother to Another

A lesbian mother describes the pain of separation from her child.

November 1993

An Interview with Larry Kramer

The activist and playwright tells how he helped create ACT UP and decided to “take that movement and turn it into an army.”

June 1994

An Interview with Allen Ginsberg

The beat poet says, “I’m banned from the main marketplace of ideas in my own country.”

August 1994

Justin Chin / Saved: Our Reporter Survives the Ex-Gay Ministries

A Progressive reporter undergoes antigay therapy and lives to tell the tale.

December 1995

An Interview with Urvashi Vaid

The writer and activist talks about growing up in the movement and finding love.

March 1996

Anne-Marie Cusac / Funeral for a Friend

Remembering a high school friend who lived in the closet and died, secretly, from AIDS.

March 1997

An Interview with Harry Hay

The founder of the modern gay rights movement talks about the joy of being out.

September 1999

John D’Emilio / Fifty Years of Gay and Lesbian Activism

Looking back on an era of massive cultural change.

July 17, 2001

John D’Emilio / The Legacy of Harvey Milk

How the Mayor of Castro Street changed the world.

November 20, 2003

Kate Clinton / I Do Weddings

The humorist and Progressive columnist officiates at gay marriages.

July 2004

An Interview with Dan Savage

The sex columnist, writer, and activist celebrates the 2012 election results.

December 2012

Seneca Falls, Selma, and Stonewall



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By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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