A People's Primer: Dispatches on Politics and Social Change

Author(s): Crystallee Crain

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2022


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This is not a traditional textbook. Dr. Crain takes readers through the historical and complex realities of the formation of the United States. With particular attention to the stories and contemporary experiences of indigenous people, people of color, women, and other groups fighting for the full spectrum of civil and human rights.

This book has four sections: Consent, Dissent, People Power, and Systems. Each section represents core information regarding the social, psychological, and decision-making elements of our democracy. Readers will have the opportunity to learn about the way our government works through a critical lens that allows for deeper questions and better solutions to some of our most pressing problems.


Chapter One Genocide, The American Experiment, and Colonial Ambitions

Chapter Two Cultural Norms: Developing Personal and Political Agency

Chapter Three The Internet, Privacy, and Political Change

Chapter Four The Erasure of the Vote, Interest Groups, and Political Campaigns

Chapter Five Social and Economic Inequalities in the U.S.

Chapter Six Resistance Against Community and State Violence

Chapter Seven Human Rights, Civil Rights and The Movements For Equity

Chapter Eight Legislating Change: States Rights and Congressional Lawmaking

Chapter Nine The Realities and Misgivings of Presidential Power

Chapter Ten Supreme Justice: U.S. Courts and Constitutional Rights

Crystallee Crain

Crystallee Crain Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary scholar and human rights activist. She has academic roots in sociology, political science, and psychology. Her academic teach career spans across 15 years in community colleges and universities in Michigan, Oregon, California & Arizona. She has taught in political science, justice studies, psychology, and sociology departments. She specializes in exposing the layers of institutional inequality while supporting communities to shift ways of being and practice to improve life chances by bridging the worlds of healing and activism. Crystallee’s body of work represents a collective need to strengthen our responses to violence through transformative means, the need for liberation, and a focus on healing as a revolutionary strategy for change. Dr. Crain has served as a government-appointed commissioner on issues of juvenile justice and human rights.

She holds academic appointments at California State University - East Bay (CA) & Prescott College (AZ).

Crystallee is the Founder & Director of Prevention at the Intersections, an organization that works to prevent violence through community-based research and people-centered projects. At Prevention at the Intersections, she publishes two open access journals CATALYST and The Beauty of Black Creation. Dr. Crain facilitates trainings with an emphasis on trauma, prevention science, and community capacity-building and provides coaching support to survivors of violence. You can learn more about her work at and at

Related ISBN's: 9798765713761, 9798765730591

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