Please join Ralph Young at the Lambertville Free Public Library on February 1, 2024, at
7:00pm. He will discuss his latest book American Patriots: A Short History of Dissent, in which
he chronicles the key role dissent has played in the shaping of the United States. He explains that
activists are not protesting against America but rather pushing the country to live up to its ideals.
Ralph Young is a history professor at Temple University (and a Rivertown resident). He is the
recipient of several major teaching awards including the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished
Teaching Award, the Provost’s Award for Innovative Teaching in General Education, Honors
Professor of the Year, the Lindback Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, and Temple’s
highest award, the Great Teacher Award.
Young has taught at Temple’s Rome campus and has led several Education Abroad summer
courses in Northern Ireland. He is the founder of the weekly campus-wide “teach-ins” at Temple
in which students and faculty investigate the historical context of controversial contemporary
He was a Fulbright Scholar at Roma Tre University in 2009 and 2023 and he regularly teaches
seminars on dissent movements as a guest lecturer at Charles University in Prague and Tübingen
University in Germany. In July 2018 he was the Keynote Speaker on “The Ethics of Dissent” at
the historic Chautauqua Institution in New York.
He is also the author of Dissent: The History of an America Idea and Make Art Not War:
Political Protest Posters from the Twentieth Century.
Farley’s Bookstore will be offering books for purchase at the event.