Carolyn Ross Johnston

Jack London: An American Radical?

Excerpt from the final chapter

"Jack London deceived himself into believing that he had solved his own moral dilemma by being a socialist as well as the consummate product of the American dream of success. He thought that he possessed the inner secret and that no one really perceived his seriousness about revolution because he had benefited so much from the system. But the depth of a commitment must be measured by one's actions. Robert Louis Stevenson once told a story about some boys who delighted in roaming around at night with lanterns inside their coats; it pleased them that everyone else perceived darkness, and they knew they had a light inside and could use it at will. Similarly, behind all his contradictions, Jack London seems to grin roguishly, as though the light is under his coat."

Selected Works

nonfiction
Voices of Cherokee Women recounts how Cherokee women went from having equality within the tribe to losing much of their political and economic power in the 19th century to regaining power in the 20th, as Joyce Dugan and Wilma Mankiller became the first female chiefs of the Cherokee Nation. The book's publication is timed for the commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears in October 2013.
Nonfiction
The compelling story of a unit of black Buffalo Soldiers and their white commanders fighting on the Italian front during World War II.
The engaging book captures the radical nature of Jack London's work and activism for the socialist movement.
"An engrossing and deeply textured contribution to Native American history which moves the field in fresh and exciting directions."
–Steven Mintz
This book explores critical questions concerning American women's sexual lives.

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