Inspiring Participatory Democracy: Student Movements from Port Huron to Today

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Created by Students for a Democratic Society in a small Michigan town in 1962, the Port Huron Statement has been called “the most ambitious, the most specific, and the most eloquent manifesto in the history of the American Left.”
Now, fifty years after its drafting, principal architect Tom Hayden and the other SDS contributors revisit this seminal document and provide an original and comprehensive analysis of its historical impact andits ...
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Overview

Created by Students for a Democratic Society in a small Michigan town in 1962, the Port Huron Statement has been called “the most ambitious, the most specific, and the most eloquent manifesto in the history of the American Left.”
Now, fifty years after its drafting, principal architect Tom Hayden and the other SDS contributors revisit this seminal document and provide an original and comprehensive analysis of its historical impact andits increasing relevance to today’s movements.
Central to legacy of the Port Huron Statement is the fact that it introduced the concept of participatory democracy to popular discourse and practice. It made sense of the fact that ordinary people were making history and not waiting for parties or traditional organizations. That vision of a half-century ago is at the core of today’s social movements. In fact, the first principle declared by the Occupy Wall Street was for a “transparent and direct participatory democracy.”
Along with the full transcript of the Port Huron Statement, chapters written by the original framers tie its genesis to the direct action of the Freedom Riders in the segregated South and explore its influence in numerous social movements that have arisen since its creation. Including themes and events ignored by popular history and journalism, Inspiring Participatory Democracy illustrates how the PHS played a catalytic role in democratic reforms such as the expansion of civil and voting rights, ending the Vietnam War and military draft, oversight of the CIA and FBI, enacting environmental protection legislation, and the Freedom of Information Act.
Published during the year of Port Huron’s 50th anniversary and celebrated at campuses nationwide, Inspiring Participatory Democracy will be of great interest to readers interested in our social history, politics, and social activism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612052625
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 983,030
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Hayden-social activist, legislator, educator, and speaker-is the author of The Port Huron Statement, long considered the founding document of the Sixties movement. He is the author of more than 15 books including, most recently, Voices of the Chicago 8: A Generation on Trial (2008) and Writings for a Democratic Society: The Tom Hayden Reader (2008). He writes for The Nation and many other magazines.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface and Introduction Robert Cohen

The Port Huron Statement at 50 Tom Hayden ix

The Dream of Port Huron 1

Part 2 The Way We Were and the World Now: Reflections by Port Huron Veterans Becky Adams

Chapter 1 Port Huron: Alive and Relevant, but Add the Earth Paul Booth 33

Chapter 2 The Progress We Created Is Now at Stake Robb Burlage 35

Chapter 3 A Half Century Seeking to Live the Spirit and Method of Port Huron Mickey Flacks 39

Chapter 4 It Was a Rising Sun Richard Flacks 43

Chapter 5 Port Huron After a Half Century Sharon Jeffrey Lehrer 47

Chapter 6 The Evolution of a Radical's Consciousness: Living an Authentic Life Alan Haber 51

Chapter 7 It's Been Said I'm Still Unrealistic Barbara Haber 55

Chapter 8 Port Huron: A Template for Hope Casey Hayden 59

Chapter 9 Only Love Is Radical Charles McDew 63

Chapter 10 Participatory Democracy Means Putting Your Body on the Line James Monsonis 67

Chapter 11 Religion and the Spirit Maria Varela 73

Chapter 12 A Young Christian Student at Port Huron Michael Vester 77

Chapter 13 Participatory Democracy: A Long Revolution 83

Part 3 Teaching Strategies, Final Thoughts, and the Port Huron Statement Robert Cohen Diana Turk Stacie Brensilver Berman

Chapter 14 Teaching the Port Huron Statement Linda Gordon 91

Chapter 15 Participator Democracy from SNCC through Port Huron to Women's Liberation to Occupy: Strengths and Problems of Prefigurative Politics 103

The Port Huron Statement of the Students for a Democratic Society 127

Index 187

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