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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Saul David Alinsky  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction Other

Born: 1909 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Saul David Alinsky was born, raised and educated in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Saul Alinsky was a community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing, and has been compared to Thomas Paine as being "one of the great American leaders of the nonsocialist left. His graduate work was at the University of Chicago in criminology. His work in organizing the poor to fight for their rights as citizens has been internationally recognized. In the late 1930's he organized the "Back of the Yards" area in Chicago (the neighborhood made famous in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle.

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-- Saul is a 2012 Nominee for the Literary Hall of Fame.