Progressive Nation

Progressive Nation
Progressive Nation

Progressive Nation

A Travel Guide with 400+ Left Turns and Inspiring Landmarks
By Jerome Pohlen


432 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

PDF, $13.00 (US $13.00) (CA $17.99)

ISBN 9781569764831

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Jun 2008)


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The only travel guide that focuses specifically on progressive politics
Nearly every progressive movement in American history can be traced back to a person who said "This must change" and then set out to change it. This inspiring travel guide to over 400 markers of progressive politics in the United States celebrates those individuals, their accomplishments, and the movements and communities they inspired. Visit the battlegrounds and celebrate the victories of the civil libertarians, feminists, African Americans, gays, lesbians, environmentalists, labor organizers, and media activists who have worked to create a just, peaceful society that respects all of its citizens. With enthusiasm and humor, Jerome Pohlen guides travelers to such landmarks of change as• The home of abolitionists Levi and Catharine Coffin, Grand Central Station on the Underground Railroad• Alice’s Restaurant Church, the namesake of Arlo Guthrie’s song protesting the draft• The courthouse where Susan B. Anthony went on trial for attempting to vote• The site of the Haymarket Riot in Chicago, where laborers protested working conditions• The former camera shop where Harvey Milk launched his campaign to become America’s first openly gay elected officialEach entry features a listing of books, films, and Web sites for further information, making this an essential lefty resource. For adventurous travelers, family vacationers, and those who want a more complete picture of American history, this book will inspire them to do more than just cast a vote.


"Provides fascinating vignettes of American's largely forgotten radical past." —Library Journal

"Pohlen's unique and impelling guide serves as a minicourse in American Progressive history." —School Library Journal

"The author . . . provide[s] extra incentive for the common traveler to get inspired—and instigate positive change." —Kirkus Reviews

"[A] unique guide." —Booklist

"Lively and resourceful." —New York Times

"Unusual and often inspiring handbook." — and The Bakersfield Californian

"[An] unusual and often inspiring guidebook." —Chicago Tribune

"This book journeys to all the places in the U.S. that are vital to progressive politics." —Mother Jones

Author Biography

Jerome Pohlen is the author of 10 travel books and a commentator on travel and politics for 848 on WBEZ, the Chicago affiliate of National Public Radio. A lifelong politically active citizen, Pohlen was the youngest delegate at the 1982 Colorado Democratic Convention, has served in the Peace Corps, and is currently running for Congress.