What people are saying about People's Movements, People's Press
"Bob Ostertag has written a book that reminds us that while the journalism world watches daily deals involving billions of dollars, and circulation wars highlight global battles between giants like Rupert Murdoch and William Randolph Hearst, the movers and shakers of major social change have come as often as not from tiny specialized journals that have sneaked under the radar on real issues like the start of women's rights, gay and lesbian revolution, and early voting rights in the South. People's Movements, People's Press tells this neglected story with dramatic personalities and the historic birth of our modern rights."
- Ben H. Bagdikian, author of The New Media Monopoly
"People's Movements, People's Press is an extremely useful intervention into the historical debate of the meanings of journalism, democracy and their various uses and complications. Its measured tone and extensive research are particularly welcome, given the potential volatility of the topic. Highly recommended."
- Eric Alterman, author of What Liberal Media?
"Bob Ostertag's People's Movements, People's Press fills a gaping hole both in our understanding of social movements and our understanding of the relationship of journalism to democracy. This is a wonderful book and a delightful read that deserves the attention of all who care about journalism and social justice."
- Robert W. McChesney, author of The Problem of the Media
"From abolitionists and early feminists to today's gay and environmental publications, Bob Ostertag tells the fascinating story of the oppositional press in America. This is a piece of our history that everyone concerned about the past and future of our democracy needs to know."
- Eric Foner, author of The Story of American Freedom
"A wonderfully illuminating book. Movements are in large part about communication, and the journalistic efforts of the movements of the abolitionists, the women who fought for the right to vote, the environmentalists, and the gay liberation and Vietnam antiwar movement bring the hopes and moral outrage that fueled these movements to life."
- Frances Fox Piven, author of The War at Home