For Beginners is thrilled to announce SEVEN new titles for Spring 2016.
Civil Rights For Beginners (Available Now)
Climate Change For Beginners (Available March 29)
Libertarianism For Beginners (Available April 12)
Proust For Beginners (Available May 17)
Mormonism For Beginners (Available July 19)
Prison Industrial Complex For Beginners (Available July 26)
Abstract Expressionism For Beginners (Available August 9)
Civil Rights For Beginners fills a major gap by placing the modern civil rights movement into a broader historical perspective. It also discusses the civil rights and liberation movements from the 60s to the present that the African American freedom struggles helped to catalyze including: the Chicano Movement, the American Indian Movement, the Asian-American Movement, the Women’s Movement, and the Gay Liberation Movement.
Unlike most civil rights books, Civil Rights For Beginners focuses less on major leaders and more on the ordinary African Americans who provided the backbone of the successful protests and demonstrations. Moreover, it deals with the expressive culture of the movement, surveying key developments in literature, music, visual art, and film, all of which served both as integral features of the movement as well as contributing to its enduring legacy.
“Paul Von Blum has written a concise yet extensive history of the civil rights movement in the United States. Both specialists and general readers will benefit from his well-written narrative of American Americans' long struggle for freedom, dignity, and full legal equality. They will also appreciate how the author ties that historic struggle with those of other oppressed groups in America, including women, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and gays and lesbians. The Civil Rights Movement For Beginners adds a valuable new dimension to the growing literature about the ongoing movement for social justice.”
— Peter Dreier, E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, and Chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department, Occidental College; author of The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame
For Beginners® documentary, graphic nonfiction book series
For Beginners® is a graphic nonfiction series that deconstructs complex ideas. Every book in the series serves one purpose: to present the works of great thinkers and subjects alike in a straightforward, accessible manner. With subjects ranging from philosophy to politics, art, and beyond, the For Beginners series covers a range of topics in a humorous comic book-style. Every book takes a comprehensive approach that respects the intelligence of its audience.
Dedicated to Glenn Thompson, the inventor and the inspiration for the series.