Reveille for Radicals

Alinksy, Saul D.
Publisher:  Vintage, New York, USA
Year Published:  1969   First Published:  1946
Pages:  237pp   Price:  $1.65   ISBN:  394-70568-8
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX6704

Alinksy connects his theoretical notions on radicalism to practical movements and events.

Abstract:  Alinsky writes about radical thinkers in the United States. He advocates equality, peace and democracy. In his book he describes radical thought and applies it to his views on various political issues. Critiques of other political activists are also provided. Calling for the middle-class to form coalitions with minority groups, Alinsky pursues social ideals that will create a free and open society.

The second edition features a new Introduction and Afterword in which Alinsky reflects on his writing over twenty years later. He connects his theoretical notions on radical thought to his opinions on modern events. There are two parts to Reveille for Radicals, "Call Me Rebel" and "The Building of People's Organizations". Part 1 attempts to define what a rebel is and introduces Alinksy's radical thought. Part 2 discusses how organizations can become powerful and achieve their ends, and also asserts that these organizations must represent the wishes of a group of people, not just one or two leaders.

The goal is to encourage active participation in social change, and to work out a people's program that will benefit society. Alinksy introduces a practical methodology that can be used to execute such a program.

The book is critical and revolutionary. In eleven chapters, Alinsky introduces radicalism, the problems that radical thinking can overcome, the power of people's organizations, and his vision for the future. He expands his past thinking in this new edition to encompass the political events of the 1960s. According to him, the ultimate goal is the development of overall understanding and critical thinking. Once individuals have improved themselves in this way, they will be ready to create social change.

[Abstract by Mia Manns]


Table of Contents

Introduction to the Vintage Edition
Part I Call Me Rebel
1 What Is a Radical?
2 Where Is the Radical Today?
3 The Crisis

Part II The Building of People's Organizations
4 The Program
5 Native Leadership
6 Community Traditions and Organizations
7 Organizational Tactics
8 Conflict Tactics
9 Popular Education
10 Psychological Observations on Mass Organization
11 Reveille for Radicals

Afterword to the Vintage Edition

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