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How Runaway Slaves, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California | SF

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Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE



fightWHEREVER THERE’S A FIGHT: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California

  • Thursday, February 4, 7PM

Authors Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi have written the first-ever account of the struggle to develop and protect rights in the Golden State. Wherever There’s a Fight captures the sweeping story of how freedom and equality have grown in California, from the gold rush right up to the precarious post-9/11 era.

The book tells the often hidden stories of brave individuals who have stood up for their rights in the face of social hostility, physical violence, economic hardship, and political stonewalling. It connects the experiences of early Chinese immigrants subjected to discriminatory laws to those of professionals who challenged McCarthyism and those of people who have fought to gain equal rights in California schools: people of color, people with disabilities, and people standing up for their religious freedom. Elinson and Yogi also follow the ongoing struggles for workers’ rights and same-sex marriage.


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