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Progressive nation : a travel guide with 400+ left turns and inspiring landmarks
Pohlen, Jerome.
Adult Nonfiction E159 .P59 2008

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Pohlen, a commentator on NPR in Chicago and author of the Oddball state travel guides (e.g. Oddball Illinois: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places), offers progressives a handy guide to U.S. historical sites that will interest them in particular, and along the way he provides fascinating vignettes of America's largely forgotten radical past. He arranges his book by region, state, and then alphabetically by town, including photos, quotes, and a key identifying which kind of site he is describing--museum, long-gone building, etc. Populous states on the coasts have the most sites identified, but Pohlen reminds readers that even Mississippi and Utah have progressive spots to visit. He notes that there are many more places than he could in fact include; nonetheless, he could have beefed up the Midwest section. Flint, MI, is here, but Tipton, IA--site of the 1931 "Cow War" between farmers and state militia--is not. Nor is Debs, MN, named for Eugene Debs, who spoke to thousands at that location. This book can certainly be used well as a travel guide, but it is just as much fun to pick it up and thumb through in your armchair. Recommended for public libraries and academic American history collections.--Duncan Stewart, Univ. of Iowa Libs., Iowa City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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