Is there anything I like more than a quick, adorable read about cool people being brave in the face of oppressive power structures? Okay, maybe Heart of Darkness, but that’s about it.
Resists: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice is a great introduction to activist history for any of the budding politicos in your life. It is targeted at younger audiences, with accessible language. My only caution is a few descriptions of Selma that may be sensitive for some/younger children. Besides that, Resist unentangles difficult social problems with grace and humility. The ‘Resist Lessons’ at the end of the chapter serve as reminders to reflect on how we imitate or stray from the heroes in the stories and how to better ourselves in pursuit of a better world.
From Joan of Arc to the attendees of the Women’s March, this book covers hundreds of years of history in a fast-paced, well-organized journey. It searches for the root of why certain powerful people have succeeded in impacting their societies and how modern people can apply these lessons to improve our communities.
This book will appeal to young people interested in politics, history, and positive change. Split into 35 one-to-three page chapters, it moves quickly from era to era with insightful commentary and comparisons to the modern day.
4/5 from Bibliobakes