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Overview

The 1970s were a complex, multilayered, and critical part of a long era of profound societal change and an essential component of the decade before-several of the most iconic events of "the sixties" occurred in the ten years that followed. The Hidden 1970s explores the distinctiveness of those years, a time when radicals tried to change the world as the world changed around them.

This powerful collection is a compelling assessment of left-wing social movements in a period many have described as dominated by conservatism or confusion. Scholars examine critical and largely buried legacies of the 1970s. The decade of Nixon's fall and Reagan's rise also saw widespread indigenous militancy, prisoner uprisings, transnational campaigns for self-determination, pacifism, and queer theories of play as political action. Contributors focus on diverse topics, including the internationalization of Black Power and Native sovereignty, organizing for Puerto Rican independence among Latinos and whites, and women's self-defense. Essays and ideas trace the roots of struggles from the 1960s through the 1970s, providing fascinating insight into the myriad ways that radical social movements shaped American political culture in the 1970s and the many ways they continue to do so today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813548746
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,044,806
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author


Dan Berger is the author of Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity and the coeditor of Letters from Young Activists.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

List of Abbreviations: North American Leftist Organizations in the 1970s xi

Introduction: Exploding Limits in the 1970s Dan Berger 1

Part 1 Insurgency

1 Improvising on Reality: The Roots of Prison Abolition Liz Samuels 21

2 Sick of the Abuse: Feminist Responses to Sexual Assault, Battering, and Self-Defense Victoria Law 39

3 "The Struggle Is for Land!": Race, Territory, and National Liberation Dan Berger Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz 57

4 Canada's Other Red Scare: The Anicinabe Park Occupation and Indigenous Decolonization Scott Rutherford 77

Part 2 Solidarity

5 "A Line of Steel": The Organization of the Sixth Pan-African Congress and the Struggle for International Black Power, 1969-1974 Fanon Che Wilkins 97

6 How Indigenous Peoples Wound Up at the United Nations Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz 115

7 "Hit Them Harder": Leadership, Solidarity, and the Puerto Rican Independence Movement Meg Starr 135

8 Unorthodox Leninism: Workplace Organizing and Anti-Imperialist Solidarity in the Sojourner Truth Organization Michael Staudenmaier 155

Part 3 Community

9 Play as World-making: From the Cockettes to the Germs, Gay Liberation to DIY Community Building Benjamin Shepard 177

10 "We Want justice!": Police Murder, Mexican American Community Response, and the Chicano Movement Brian D. Behnken 195

11 Rising Up: Poor, White, and Angry in the New Left James Tracy 214

12 The Movement for a New Society: Consensus, Prefiguration, and Direct Action Andrew Cornell 231

13 Hard to Find: Building for Nonviolent Revolution and the Pacifist Underground Matt Meyer Paul Magno 250

14 "The Original Gangster": The Life and Times of Red Power Activist Madonna Thunder Hawk Elizabeth Castle 267

Notes on Contributors 285

Index 289

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