Born 1909, died 1972, Chicago, Illinois. "A passionate believer that social justice could be achieved through American democracy, Saul Alinsky methodically showed the 'have-nots' how to organize their communities, target the power brokers and politically out-maneuver them. The lessons he taught people about the nature of power, imparted dignity to the poor and helped create a backyard revolution in cities across America. His work influenced the struggle for civil rights and the farm workers movement, as well as the very nature of political protest." -- Independent Television Service (ITVS)
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Chicago Historical Society
Bibliography of books on or by Alinsky. [PDF]
The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky and His Legacy
Video documentary recounting Alinsky's life and work, and reviewing two contemporary IAF members' activities. Includes bibliography and information on filmmakers.
An overview of Alinsky's work, along with the prologue from "Rules for Radicals".
Chicago Organizing: Tough, Cat-Clawing, Bloody
An organizer describes his own work in the South/Southwest side of Chicago, 1969-73, with some critical opinions of the sustainability of Alinsky's "visionless short-term pragmatism". (June 28, 2001)
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