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Contents Introduction 7 Part I 10 Chapter 1: Virginia 11 VIRGINIA BEACH, VA | Mile 0 11 First Landing State Park, Virginia 14 NORFOLK, VIRGINIA | Mile 19 14 A FEW MILES OUTSIDE OF CHESAPEAKE, VA | Mile 25 15 FRANKLIN, VA | Mile 60 15 Chapter 2: North Carolina 17 SEABOARD, NORTH CAROLINA | Mile 93 17 WELDON, NC | Mile 103 18 20 MILES EAST OF RALEIGH | Mile 165 19 RALEIGH, NC | Mile 185 19 20 MILES WEST OF RALEIGH, NC | Mile 205 22 CHARLOTTE, NC | Mile 324 22 Fighting the KKK in Monroe, NC 23 Chapter 3: South Carolina 25 SOUTH CAROLINA BORDER | Mile 330 25 GAFFNEY, SC | Mile 379 26 TRAIL OF TEARS | Mile 430 27 The Cherokee Nation 28 THIRTY MILES FROM THE GEORGIA BORDER 28 WALHALLA, SC | Mile 460 29 Chapter 4: Georgia 31 CLAYTON, GA | Mile 487 31 DICK'S CREEK GAP, APPALACHIAN TRAIL | Mile 503 34 BLUE RIDGE, GA | Mile 553 34 ELLIJAY, GA | Mile 568 35 I AM TROY DAVIS 36 CHATSWORTH, GA | Mile 592 38 CHATTANOOGA, TN | Mile 635 39 Conscientious Objectors in the Civil War? 40 TRENTON, GA | Mile 654 40 Chapter 5: Alabama and Mississippi 42 SCOTTSBORO, AL | Mile 694 42 The Scottsboro Boys 44 HUNTSVILLE, AL | Mile 734 44 FLORENCE, AL | Mile 802 46 Emmett Till 47 CORINTH, MISSISSIPPI | Mile 860 47 MEMPHIS, TN | Mile 951 50 The Lorraine Motel 51 PART II 53 Mark Twain, Anti-Imperialist 53 Chapter 6: Arkansas 55 FORREST CITY, AR | Mile 998 55 BISCOE, AR | Mile 1.038 56 NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR| Mile 1,082 57 The Little Rock Nine 58 HOT SPRINGS, AR | Mile 1,135 58 MOUNT IDA, AR | Mile 1,171 59 NORMAN, AR | Mile 1,179 60 GLENWOOD, AR | Mile 1,191 63 Chapter 7: Texas 65 Native Americans in Oklahoma 66 PARIS, TX | Mile 1,228 67 HOUSTON, TX | Mile 1,228 68 COMMERCE, TX | Mile 1,267 69 The San Patricio Brigade 70 ROYSE CITY, TX | Mile 1,299 72 DALLAS, TX | Mile 1,333 73 OUTSIDE OF FORT WORTH, TX | Mile 1,361 76 MINERAL WELLS, TX | Mile 1,409 76 The Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament 78 BRECKENRIDGE, TX | Mile 1,459 78 ALBANY, TX | Mile 1,473 79 ANSON, TX | Mile 1,510 80 ROBY, TX | Mile 1,540 81 SNYDER, TX | Mile 1,572 82 LUBBOCK, TX | Mile 1,656 83 LEVELLAND, TX | Mile 1,686 83 WHITEFACE, TX | Mile 1,700 85 Chapter 8: New Mexico 87 TATUM, NM | Mile 1,757 88 ROSWELL, NM | Mile 1,829 90 HONDO, NM | Mile 1,876 92 WHITE SANDS, NM | Mile 1,961 93 Trinity Site Nuclear Testing 94 SAN ANTONIO, NEW MEXICO | Mile 2,065 95 SOCORRO, NM | Mile 2,075 95 MAGDELENA, NM | Mile 2,092 95 DATIL, NM | Mile 2,127 96 CONTINENTAL DIVIDE 96 PIE TOWN, NM | Mile 2,148 97 QUEMADO, NM | Mile 2,170 98 Chapter 9: Arizona 100 SPRINGERVILLE, AZ | Mile 2,219 100 SHOW LOW, AZ | Mile 2,265 101 BLACK MESA, AZ | Mile 2,458 102 PAYSON, AZ | Mile 2,546 102 Cochise 103 MESA, AZ | Mile 2,621 104 TEMPE, AZ | Mile 2,628 105 PERRYVILLE MINIMUM SECURITY PRISON, AZ | Mile 2,659 105 GILA BEND, AZ | Mile 2,707 106 YUMA, AZ | Mile 2,838 107 FELICITY, CA | Mile 2,851 109 UNITED FARM WORKERS: SI SE PUEDE 109 THE DUNES, CA | Mile 2,871 111 EL CENTRO, CA | Mile 2,959 111 SALVATION MOUNTAIN, CA | Mile 2,959 112 OCEANSIDE, CA | Mile 3,087 113 Epilogue 115

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Extensive radio promotion through Democracy Now! and Pacifica Radio * Radio tour in cooperation with dedicated radio publicist Print ads in Citizen Soldier Online ads via Indymedia, Nation.com Promotion at veterans conferences

About the Author

Rory Fanning walked across the U.S. for the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2008-2009, following two deployments to Afghanistan with the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion. He is a founding member of Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction.

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"You set out on foot to find things that can be found no other way: your country, yourself, your sense of direction in the most practical and metaphysical selves. In this book Rory Fanning, a young soldier back from the wars, shares the results of his odyssey with those of us who have not walked 3000 miles through wild places and rough weather. His encounters with Americans who might be described as ordinary but are often extraordinary and with himself and the places and their historical backstories make great reading (and maybe most of us are on some version of this quest, whether we know it or not)." -Rebecca Solnit, author of Wanderlust: A History of Walking "Rory Fanning's odyssey is more than a walk across America. It is a gripping story of one young man's intellectual journey from eager soldier to skeptical radical, a look at not only the physical immenseness of the country, its small towns, and highways, but into the enormity of its past, the hidden sins and unredeemed failings of the United States. The reader is there along with Rory, walking every step, as challenging and rewarding experience for us as it was for him." -Neil Steinberg, Chicago Sun-Times "A profoundly moving memoir about [Rory Fanning's] trek across the United States to raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation, but more importantly it is a thoughtful, historically literate and often hilarious account of Fanning's effort to forge a new relationship with a country he worried he had betrayed and had been betrayed by: disturbed by what he saw in Afghanistan....I can't recommend this book highly enough." -The Nation "[Fanning] shows us the imperial and harmful objective of U.S. foreign policy. He shows us the courage to walk away from it, and he shows us a path to a saner society." -Chicago Tribune "A compelling read from beginning to end, it is all the more impressive to note that "Worth Fighting For" is author Rory Fanning's debut book.... Readers will hope that it is not his last. [Rory's] an exceptional literarily talent writing about an exceptionally important (and timely) issue of national importance as well as personal relevance. "Worth Fighting For" is a unique and very highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library collections." -Midwest Book Review "Fanning combines memoir, travelogue, political tract, and history lesson in this engaging account of his 3,000-mile solo walk from Virginia to California to raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation....Fanning's descriptions of the hardships and highlights of the trip comprise the bulk of the book, and he infuses his left-wing politics into a narrative peppered with historical tidbits, most of which describe less-than-honorable moments in American history, such as the terrorist actions of the Ku Klux Klan and the nation's Indian removal policies. What stands out most, though, is the selflessness and generosity-which come in the form of stories, hospitality, and donations for the foundation-of the people Fanning encountered during his journey." -Publishers Weekly "Blending a story of the road in the tradition of Kerouac with some politics and his search for meaning to a life after battle, Rory Fanning has composed an absorbing narrative. The writing is concise and heartfelt. The experiences he shares reveal something too many of us often forget-that the men and women in the imperial military are more than just uniforms and weapons; more than pawns to be used by a power structure that needs war to survive; and much more than so many uniforms to be manipulated by the media at sporting events and TV specials serving that power structure. The politics are subtle and personal; and ultimately an indictment of that power structure by a man who served it willingly and with conviction-until he came up against its ugly truth." -CounterPunch "Rory Fanning's transformation from soldier to peace pilgrim is a moving tale told with passion and eloquence. Long after the shooting stops, the soldiers who fight our wars are too often left to fight their personal battles alone. Fanning transforms his disillusionment with war and the military and strikes out for the country on a timeless journey of discovery. As he he traverses America on foot, he finds the radical heartbeat of a nation and builds bridges to people and places that have been left behind. This is a searing, honest, and ultimately hopeful tale of traveling a road from war to peace and justice." -David Goodman, co-author, Standing Up to the Madness "I recommend [this] book enthusiastically...a tale told with wisdom, erudition, kindness, humor, humility, and generosity of which I think Tillman might have been proud." -David Swanson, author of Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union "[Rory Fanning] walks coast to coast to serve a cause, to find himself, and to imagine a better America fit for all the good people he meets along the way and all the good soldiers lost. His hard journey changes him, and it may change you too." -Ann Jones, author of They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America's Wars "Worth Fighting For" takes us on a journey that will live inside you long after you finish the book. It is not only the physical journey that you make with Fanning as he walks across the country, but it's the psychological, political and spiritual journey that you accompany him on as well, as he makes sense of his experience in the U.S. military through the lens of the incredible people and history he interacts with on his trek from the Atlantic to the Pacific. With each step and every page, we experience the evolving clarity of Fanning's politics, worldview, and purpose in life." -Jen Marlowe, author, I Am Troy Davis and The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian's Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker

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