Biography (Dictionary of World Biography: Twentieth Century)
Article abstract: Using a variety of methods, including speech-making, writing, testifying before congressional committees, and establishing numerous public interest organizations, Nader has been the nation’s leading advocate for the public interest in opposition to concentrations of unaccountable corporate and bureaucratic power.
Ralph Nader, the youngest of four children, grew up speaking English and Arabic, the native language of his immigrant parents, Nathra and Rose Bouziane Nader, who came to the United States from Lebanon. Nathra owned and operated a restaurant in Winsted, Connecticut, and did well enough to provide his family with a comfortable ten-room house. He also taught his children to think for themselves, to abhor injustice, and to take action to promote justice. He taught them that one person could make a difference. Lively discussions of political and social issues were commonplace in the Nader home and in the restaurant.
The Nader children’s formal education began in Winsted public schools. Ralph enjoyed learning. While still a small child, he would go to the courthouse to listen to the lawyers argue. As he grew older, he enjoyed reading the works of early twentieth century “muckrakers” such as Upton Sinclair, Ida Tarbell, and Lincoln Steffens. After high school, he enrolled in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton University and graduated magna cum...
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