WorldCat Identities

Foley, Michael S.

Works: 9 works in 46 publications in 1 language and 4,022 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Military history  Records and correspondence  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Editor
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Michael S Foley
Most widely held works by Michael S Foley
Confronting the war machine : draft resistance during the Vietnam War by Michael S Foley( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 952 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shedding light on an understudied form of opposition to the Vietnam War, Michael Foley tells the story of draft resistance, the cutting edge of the antiwar movement at the height of the war's escalation. Unlike so-called draft dodgers, who evaded the draft by leaving the country or by securing a draft deferment by fraudulent means, draft resisters openly defied draft laws by burning or turning in their draft cards. Like civil rights activists before them, draft resisters invited prosecution and imprisonment. Focusing on Boston, Foley reveals the crucial role of draft resisters in shifting antiwar sentiment from the margins of society to the center of American politics. Their actions inspired other draft-age men opposed to the war--especially college students--to reconsider their place of privilege in a draft system that offered them protections and sent disproportionate numbers of working-class and minority men to Vietnam. This recognition sparked the change of tactics from legal protest to mass civil disobedience, drawing the Johnson administration into a confrontation with activists who were largely suburban, liberal, young, and middle class--the core of Johnson's Democratic constituency. Examining the day-to-day struggle of antiwar organizing carried out by ordinary Americans at the local level, Foley argues for a more complex view of citizenship and patriotism during a time of war
Front porch politics : the forgotten heyday of American activism in the 1970s and 1980s by Michael S Foley( Book )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An on-the-ground history of ordinary Americans who took to the streets when political issues became personal. It is widely believed that Americans of the 1970s and '80s were exhausted by the upheavals of the '60s and eager to retreat to the private realm. When they did take action, it was mainly to express their disillusionment with government by supporting the right. In fact, as Michael Stewart Foley shows, neither of these assumptions is correct. On the community level, the 1970s and '80s saw vibrant new forms of political activity emerge. Tenants challenged landlords, farmers practiced civil disobedience to protect their land, and laid-off workers asserted a right to own their idled factories. Activists fought to defend the traditional family or to expand the rights of women, while entire towns organized to protest the toxic sludge in their basements. In all these arenas, Americans were propelled by their own experiences into the public sphere. Disregarding conventional ideas of "left" and "right," they turned to political action when they perceived an immediate threat to the safety and security of their families, homes, or dreams. Front Porch Politics is a people's history told through on-the-ground experiences. Recalling crusades famous and forgotten, Foley shows how Americans followed their outrage into the streets. Their distinctive style of visceral, local, and highly personal activism remains a vital resource for the renewal of American democracy"--
Home fronts : a wartime America reader( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A timely collection of wartime letters, song lyrics, poems, editorial cartoons, newspaper articles, leaflets, and government documents, Home Fronts offers a vivid cross-section of American intellectural, political, and cultural life in wartime over the past century
Dear Dr. Spock : letters about the Vietnam War to America's favorite baby doctor by Michael S Foley( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Providing one of the first clear views of the home front during the war, Dear Dr. Spock collects the best of these letters and offers a window into the minds of ordinary Americans. They wrote to Spock because he was familiar, trustworthy, and controversial. His book Baby and Child Care was a staple on the shelves of most homes, second only to the Bible in the number of copies sold. Starting in the 1960s, his activism in the antinuclear and antiwar movements drew mixed reactions from Americans - some puzzled, some supportive, some angry, and some desperate."--Jacket
Fresh fruit for rotting vegetables by Michael S Foley( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1978, San Francisco, a city that has seen more than its share of trauma, plunged from a summer of political tension into an autumn cascade of malevolence that so eluded human comprehension it seemed almost demonic. In the year that followed this season of insanity, it made sense that a band called Dead Kennedys played Mabuhay Gardens in North Beach, referring to Governor Jerry Brown as a "zen fascist," calling for landlords to be lynched and yuppie gentrifiers to be sent to Cambodia to work for "a bowl of rice a day," critiquing government welfare and defense policies, and, at a time when each week seemed to bring news of a new serial killer or child abduction, commenting on dead and dying children. But it made sense only (or primarily) to those who were there, to those who experienced the heyday of "the Mab." Most histories of the 1970s and 1980s ignore youth politics and subcultures. Drawing on Bay Area zines as well as new interviews with the band and many key figures from the early San Francisco punk scene, Michael Stewart Foley corrects that failing by treating Dead Kennedys' first record, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, as a critical historical document, one that not only qualified as political expression but, whether experienced on vinyl or from the stage of "the Mab," stimulated emotions and ideals that were, if you can believe it, utopian. --Publisher's description
Christianity and social change : the early ministry of Roland Douglas Sawyer, 1895-1910 by Michael S Foley( )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Dead Kennedys' Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables by Michael S Foley( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Collection by Michael S Foley( )

in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains research material gathered for Foley's dissertation and subsequent book, Confronting the War Machine, concerning draft resistance in Boston during the Vietnamese Conflict. Includes questionnaires and transcripts of interviews from 64 respondents, including Noam Chomsky, Ramsey Clark, William Sloane Coffin, Michael Ferber, and Howard Zinn; also includes audiocassettes of interviews
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.24 (from 0.14 for Confrontin ... to 1.00 for Collection ...)

Confronting the war machine : draft resistance during the Vietnam War
English (46)

Home fronts : a wartime America readerDear Dr. Spock : letters about the Vietnam War to America's favorite baby doctor