The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism

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"For readers interested in Red Power, Brown Power, women's liberation, peace movements, queer politics, and the white left, this important volume offers new perspectives and information that is not available elsewhere. The essays, by a mix of emerging scholars and scholar-activists, offer views of the recent past that should reshape the consensus about the 1970s to focus on activism, organizing, and violence from above and below." -Felicia Kornbluh, author of The Battle for Welfare Rights: Politics and Poverty in Modern America

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Overview

"For readers interested in Red Power, Brown Power, women's liberation, peace movements, queer politics, and the white left, this important volume offers new perspectives and information that is not available elsewhere. The essays, by a mix of emerging scholars and scholar-activists, offer views of the recent past that should reshape the consensus about the 1970s to focus on activism, organizing, and violence from above and below." -Felicia Kornbluh, author of The Battle for Welfare Rights: Politics and Poverty in Modern America

"Important and insightful, The Hidden 1970s boldly reimagines a decade that remains understudied and misunderstood." -Peniel E. Joseph, author of Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America

The 1970s were a complex, multilayered, and critical part of a long era of profound societal change. Indeed, several 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 a wide variety of left-wing social movements during the period that many have described as dominated by conservatism or confusion. Contributors examine critical and largely buried legacies of the 1970s. Their essays provide fascinating insight into the myriad ways that radical social movements shaped American political culture in the 1970s and how they continue to do so today.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

"This collection examines various radical movements of the 1970s and the sweep is wide-ranging. Among the most telling presentations are those discussing sexual abuse, Puerto Rican independence, gay liberation, and the pacifist underground. Recommended."
Mobilization
Dan Berger has gathered fourteen studies of radical movements and offers a brief history of each movement's rise and life course, its current identity, and its influence. This is a well-creafted and successful book. I recommend it to scholars of social movements, for use in the classroom, and to persons committee to social action.— Brian T. McGraw
Journal of American History

"The essays in Dan Berger’s finely edited collection showcase organizations and issues rarely discussed in mainstream historical analyses of the 1970s. Together they offer a fine, usable history of radical activism that moves beyond the tired assumption that 'identity politics' dissolved the Left and the radical activism of the 1960s."
Make/Shift: Feminisms in Motion

"The Hidden 1970s provides exceptional insight into the trajectory of radical organizing in the post-1960s decades as well as how the legacies of these struggles continue to affect radical organizing today."
Human Geography

"Editor Dan Berger’s book The Hidden 1970s overflows with unheralded stories of social movements, each one from that misunderstood and oft-maligned era in radical history (and geography)—the 1970s. Both the profound breadth of 1970s social movements and the equally broad range of movement tactics are well-represented in this edited volume."
Make/Shift: Feminisms in Motion
The Hidden 1970s provides exceptional insight into the trajectory of radical organizing in the post-1960s decades as well as how the legacies of these struggles continue to affect radical organizing today.
author of The Battle for Welfare Rights: Politics and Poverty in Modern America - Felicia Kornbluh

"For readers interested in Red Power, Brown Power, women's liberation, peace movements, queer politics, and the white left, this important volume offers new perspectives and information that is not available elsewhere. The essays, by a mix of emerging scholars and scholar-activists, offer views of the recent past that should reshape the consensus about the 1970s to focus on activism, organizing, and violence from above and below."
author of Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour - Peniel E. Joseph

"Important and insightful, The Hidden 1970s boldly reimagines a decade that remains understudied and misunderstood."
Mobilization - Brian T. McGraw

"Dan Berger has gathered fourteen studies of radical movements and offers a brief history of each movement's rise and life course, its current identity, and its influence. This is a well-creafted and successful book. I recommend it to scholars of social movements, for use in the classroom, and to persons committee to social action."
author of Forced Passages: Imprisoned Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime - Dylan Rodr�guez

 “Out of the dull and ahistorical haze of the alleged 'post-civil rights' period arrives The Hidden 1970s, a measured and explosive reminder of the temporary nature of social quiescence and the permanent possibility of radical social crisis.  This book offers more than memories and lessons—it awakens an urgent embrace of the kind of political courage and fearlessness that can short-circuit the prevailing liberal-conservative consensus.  Dan Berger has assembled a living history of voices that will follow and alter us.”
author of No Direction Home - Natasha Zaretsky

"This exciting volume takes readers to the city neighborhoods, prison yards, contested lands, and factory floors where men and women both sustained and expanded upon left-wing activist traditions during a period of political and economic retrenchment. Tightly organized and accessibly written, this collection is essential reading, not only for those interested in gaining a new perspective on the decade of the 1970s, but for anyone who cares about the fate of radicalism in the neoliberal era."
Choice

"This collection examines various radical movements of the 1970s and the sweep is wide-ranging. Among the most telling presentations are those discussing sexual abuse, Puerto Rican independence, gay liberation, and the pacifist underground. Recommended."

Mobilization

"Dan Berger has gathered fourteen studies of radical movements and offers a brief history of each movement's rise and life course, its current identity, and its influence. This is a well-creafted and successful book. I recommend it to scholars of social movements, for use in the classroom, and to persons committee to social action."

— Brian T. McGraw

Choice
"This collection examines various radical movements of the 1970s and the sweep is wide-ranging. Among the most telling presentations are those discussing sexual abuse, Puerto Rican independence, gay liberation, and the pacifist underground. Recommended."
Journal of American History
"The essays in Dan Berger’s finely edited collection showcase organizations and issues rarely discussed in mainstream historical analyses of the 1970s. Together they offer a fine, usable history of radical activism that moves beyond the tired assumption that 'identity politics' dissolved the Left and the radical activism of the 1960s."
Human Geography
"Editor Dan Berger’s book The Hidden 1970s overflows with unheralded stories of social movements, each one from that misunderstood and oft-maligned era in radical history (and geography)—the 1970s. Both the profound breadth of 1970s social movements and the equally broad range of movement tactics are well-represented in this edited volume."
Make/Shift: Feminisms in Motion
"The Hidden 1970s provides exceptional insight into the trajectory of radical organizing in the post-1960s decades as well as how the legacies of these struggles continue to affect radical organizing today."
Felicia Kornbluh
"For readers interested in Red Power, Brown Power, women's liberation, peace movements, queer politics, and the white left, this important volume offers new perspectives and information that is not available elsewhere. The essays, by a mix of emerging scholars and scholar-activists, offer views of the recent past that should reshape the consensus about the 1970s to focus on activism, organizing, and violence from above and below."
Peniel E. Joseph
"Important and insightful, The Hidden 1970s boldly reimagines a decade that remains understudied and misunderstood."
Brian T. McGraw
"Dan Berger has gathered fourteen studies of radical movements and offers a brief history of each movement's rise and life course, its current identity, and its influence. This is a well-creafted and successful book. I recommend it to scholars of social movements, for use in the classroom, and to persons committee to social action."
Dylan Rodr�guez
 “Out of the dull and ahistorical haze of the alleged 'post-civil rights' period arrives The Hidden 1970s, a measured and explosive reminder of the temporary nature of social quiescence and the permanent possibility of radical social crisis.  This book offers more than memories and lessons—it awakens an urgent embrace of the kind of political courage and fearlessness that can short-circuit the prevailing liberal-conservative consensus.  Dan Berger has assembled a living history of voices that will follow and alter us.”
Natasha Zaretsky
"This exciting volume takes readers to the city neighborhoods, prison yards, contested lands, and factory floors where men and women both sustained and expanded upon left-wing activist traditions during a period of political and economic retrenchment. Tightly organized and accessibly written, this collection is essential reading, not only for those interested in gaining a new perspective on the decade of the 1970s, but for anyone who cares about the fate of radicalism in the neoliberal era."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813548746
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,050,948
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet 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.
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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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