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Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas

“If you don’t learn history, and I mean learn it like the way you learn to love music, poetry, and kissing, then the world will always be a mystery to you, and you’ll have to stumble through your days without being able to make any sense of what’s happening, or what you could possibly do differently.”
– from the introduction by Taylor Sparrow


From 2008-09, Justseeds collaborated in the creation of the book we eventually named Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas. The concept behind Firebrands, which was originally suggested by folks at Microcosm Publishing, was to generate something of a guide to the myriad of social justice luminaries most people never learn about in high school. We created an inexpensive, well-researched field guide with a solid “further reading” section and copious original artwork, primarily aimed at a high school/early college readership level.

Justseeds member/owners Bec Young and Shaun Slifer spearheaded the project, and worked with the participating Justseeds artists to develop the list of 78 personalities to include. While Bec handled the graphic layout and design work, Shaun researched, fact-checked, and wrote significant portions of the book.

Introduction by Taylor Sparrow, copyediting by Jessie Grey Singer, indexing by Molly Fair. Microcosm Publishing, 2010.

Firebrands is available for purchase ($10 US) from Justseeds right here.


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