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Remembering Those We Lost, 2011

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    We launched Lived History, a special section of TheNation.com, to honor, remember and pay tribute to the dearly departed who have made significant contributions to bettering our world. Each week we feature a remembrance of a member of the progressive community, either well known or more anonymous, whose remarkable accomplishments demand recognition. In the process, we hope to be able to highlight and recover some of the more important but often obscure periods of US history that demonstrate the progressive tradition in American life. Here are twenty of the notable individuals we lost in 2011. 

  • Christopher Hitchens

    Christopher Hitchens (2 of 21)

    With a dry, sharp, ironic voice—Christopher Hitchens graced The Nation’s pages from 1978 to 2006.


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  • Dagmar Wilson

    Dagmar Wilson (3 of 21)

    Dagmar Wilson was one of those responsible for what Alice Munro calls the “great switch in women’s lives.”


    Photo credit: Bud Schultz

  • Manning Marable

    Manning Marable (4 of 21)

    Manning Marable was that gentle giant of a person who had a tremendous impact on thousands of people, both as individuals as well as on countless groups and organizations.


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  • David Montgomery

    David Montgomery (5 of 21)

    David Montgomery, one of the founders of the “New Labor History” in the US, inspired a generation of activists and historians.


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  • Derrick Bell

    Derrick Bell (6 of 21)

    Selfless, wise and welcoming, Bell was a mentor to legions of law school students without privilege, ultimately changing the way law schools work.


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  • Betty Williams

    Betty Williams (7 of 21)

    The robust Nation of today is the child of many parents, but the largest and oldest political weekly in the country owes a great debt to Betty Williams for her indispensable role during those rebuilding years.

  • Fred Shuttlesworth

    Fred Shuttlesworth (8 of 21)

    The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth was a giant of the civil rights movement known for his decades of work in support of desegregation.


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  • Carl Oglesby

    Carl Oglesby (9 of 21)

    Mike Davis described himself as not capable of accurately describing the kindness, intensity and melancholy that were alloyed in Carl's character, or the profound role he played in deepening Davis's commitment to the anti-war movement.


    Image courtesy of Jennifer Fels

  • E.M. Broner

    E.M. Broner (10 of 21)

    E.M. Broner was a seminal writer, influential feminist and modern-day matriarch. 


    Image courtesy of Tulane University.

  • Gil Scott-Heron

    Gil Scott-Heron (11 of 21)

    Gil Scott-Heron's political legacy was vast and his connections to social movements deep.

  • Clara Luper

    Clara Luper (12 of 21)

    Clara Luper’s courage at a young age helped change the course of race relations in Oklahoma City.


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  • Poly Styrene

    Poly Styrene (13 of 21)

    The lead singer of the punk band X-Ray Spex never stopped using her music to fight against poverty, war, racism and sexism.


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  • Hazel Dickens

    Hazel Dickens (14 of 21)

    Hazel Dickens's high lonesome sound that touched so many, so deeply, could only have been born of both strife and fight-back in equal proportions.


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  • Len Weinglass

    Len Weinglass (15 of 21)

    Len Weinglass was a 1950s radical who developed his values, critical thinking and worldview in a time when non-conforming was rare.


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  • Robert Fitch

    Robert Fitch (16 of 21)

    Robert Fitch was a brilliant and prolific radical journalist and troublemaker.

  • Gabe Zimmerman

    Gabe Zimmerman (17 of 21)

    The aide who died by Gabby Giffords's side was a non-Jew named Gabe Zimmerman who lived a crucial segment of his life immersed in a storied corner of the American Jewish milieu.


    Image courtesy of Maia Falconi-Sachs

  • Milton Rogovin

    Milton Rogovin (18 of 21)

    Class was not merely Milton Rogovin's subject, it was the optic through which he saw the world, something that distinguished his work from what the culture had expected of social documentary photography since the 1930s.


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  • Sargent Shriver

    Sargent Shriver (19 of 21)

    “The only genuine elite is the elite of those men and women who gave their lives to justice and charity," declared the Kennedy man who forged the Peace Corps and the War on Poverty.


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  • John Ross

    John Ross (20 of 21)

    American Book Award–winner, chronicler of indigenous struggles and proud radical, John Ross wrote his own epitaph: "Life, like reporting, is a kind of death sentence. Pardon me for having lived it so fully."

  • Cookie Gilchrist

    Cookie Gilchrist (21 of 21)

    Cookie Gilchrist was one of the greatest football players and most outspoken athletes of his generation.


    For more tributes to those we lost this year, visit Lived History.


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