American Anarchism by Steve J. Shone is a work of political theory and history that focuses on nineteenth century American Anarchism, together with two European anarchists who influenced some of the Americans. The nine thinkers discussed are Alexander Berkman, Voltairine de Cleyre, Samuel Fielden, Luigi Galleani, Peter Kropotkin, Lucy Parsons, Max Stirner, William Graham Sumner, and Benjamin Tucker. Shone emphasizes the value of using ideas from nineteenth century American Anarchism to solve contemporary political problems.
Steve J. Shone, Ph.D., University of California-Riverside (1992), is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Gonzaga University. He is the author of
Lysander Spooner: American Anarchist (Lexington Books, 2010).
Table of contents
Foreword by Nathan J. Jun
1. Benjamin R. Tucker: Anarchism, Tyranny, and Despair
2. Voltairine de Cleyre: More of an Anarchist than a Feminist?
3. Lucy Parsons on the Lives of the Poor: An Alternative Democracy
4. Peter Kropotkin’s Just Community
5. Samuel Fielden: Forlorn Chartist at Haymarket
6. Alexander Berkman: Generally a Straight Shooter
7. Luigi Galleani: Is Anarchism Dead?
8. Max Stirner: Hanging Out with One’s Own
9. William Graham Sumner: Cultural Relativism and the Savage
10. The Heart of Anarchism: Innate Knowledge of Virtue Reconsidered
American Anarchism is aimed at a scholarly market, but will appeal to some general readers, particularly those dissatisfied with the stagnation of conventional politics.