Activist Memoirs Database

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The activist memoirs database serves as a growing collection of stories describing the incredible lives of activists. It serves as a resource for researchers, students, and anyone else interested in learning about the various ways activist leaders have manifested change.

The database provides the title, author, a link to buy each book online, and a short summary of each book. It categorizes the memoirs based on the primary activism-related issue (e.g. education, environmentalism, BIPOC rights, etc.) in order to facilitate user experience in finding memoirs within a specific topic of interest. There are currently 165 books which have primarily been sourced from Goodreads, Amazon Best Sellers, and Parnassus Books lists of activist memoirs.


This database is intended to be a collaborative, growing resource such that anyone who comes across an activist memoir worthy of being included can add the information directly. We envision the main contributors to be faculty, staff, and students at Smith College. We hope this can grow into a valuable resource for student and faculty researchers to share and consolidate relevant books across various activism-related topics.

To submit to this database please fill out our Activist Memoirs Database Submissions form.

Your feedback on the Activist Memoirs Database is greatly appreciated, please send any feedback or report any errors to our Feedback Form.