Writings for a Democratic Society: The Tom Hayden Reader

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?His journey is our journey through the tumultuous and disillusioning decades. He is our Everyman, he is us.??Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Praise for Tom Hayden:

?One comes away enthralled by Hayden?s odyssey.??The Boston Sunday Globe

From his earliest days as a Freedom Rider and leader of Students for a Democratic Society, through decades as a state senator, to contemporary ...

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Overview

“His journey is our journey through the tumultuous and disillusioning decades. He is our Everyman, he is us.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Praise for Tom Hayden:

“One comes away enthralled by Hayden’s odyssey.”—The Boston Sunday Globe

From his earliest days as a Freedom Rider and leader of Students for a Democratic Society, through decades as a state senator, to contemporary notes on the Iraq war, the global South, immigration, and spirituality, Tom Hayden’s writings constitute nothing less than an alternative history of our times.

Writings for a Democratic Society is the only book that encapsulates Tom Hayden’s writings over fifty years, a time in which he has been a reflective eyewitness to American history in the making. The book is composed on sections about the new Left of the 1960s, the Chicago 8, Vietnam, electoral politics, gang violence, Ireland, the environment, global justice, and US foreign policy today.

“Tom Hayden changed America,” the national correspondent of The Atlantic, Nicholas Lemann, has written. He created the “blueprint for the Great Society programs,” according to presidential assistant Richard Goodwin. He was the "single greatest figure of the 1960s student movement," according to The New York Times Book Review. Forty years later he was described as "the conscience of the Senate."

Tom Hayden is the author or editor of more than a dozen critically acclaimed books, including Reunion and Street Wars.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Former California State Senator Hayden (Ending the War in Iraq) has a long history of activism and politics, much of which has been chronicled in his writing; this collection pulls together more than four decades of work tackling vital social issues, from civil rights and Vietnam to genetically modified foods, Iraq and the global justice movement. Hayden writes in a clear and heartfelt manner, turning spotlights not just on problems, but on the commonsense, and often overlooked, implications of those problems: "A country that fails to provide living wages for so many of its young is more committed to its present privileges than its future potential"; "American empire seeks American independence by plunging other nations, cultures, and classes into dependence, which in turn triggers a spiral of resentment and resistance." These grim pronouncements are balanced by a sense of optimism and a clarion call for action: "The times are too hard for us to respond simply as comforters of the oppressed... we must move ahead concertedly with our goal-the changing of society." Dense and wide-ranging, this is a thorough survey of an important thinker and activist.
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San Francisco Chronicle
...Hayden's voice is probably more important than ever...The writing is crisp, clear, provocative and inspiring.
—Jonah Raskin
The Atlantic
Tom Hayden changed America...father to the largest mass protests in American history, whose reverberations we are still feeling today.
Smoky Mountain News
...Hayden's 'Writings for a Democratic Society' celebrate and affirm an alternative American experience, while constituting...a history of our times.
—Thomas Rain Crowe
Los Angeles Times
...a surprisingly personal account of how one activist has tried to remain consistent, relevant and truthful across his own long, strange trip.
—Abe Peck
Truthdig
It isn't the size of the book that makes it monumental; it's the life that has gone into the writing . . .
—Richard Flacks
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872864610
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Pages: 450
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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"Tom Hayden changed America", the national correspondent of The Atlantic, Nicholas Lemann, has written. He created "the blueprint for the Great Society programs", according to presidential assistant Richard Goodwin. He was the "single greatest figure of the 1960s student movement", according to a New York Times book review. Forty years later he was described as "the conscience of the Senate"
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Table of Contents

1 On Writing 9

I Building a New Left: Student Activism & Civil Rights in the Early 1960s

2 A Letter to the New (Young) Left 19

3 SNCC in Action: Dignity for the Enslaved and for Us All 27

4 Excerpts from the Port Huron Statement 35

5 Newark Rebellion 65

II The Vietnam War, the Antiwar Movement, and the Chicago Eight

6 The Other Side: Hanoi, 1965 89

7 Vietnam: The Struggle for Peace 114

8 North Vietnam Stands Defiant Under Storm of U.S. Bombs 117

9 The Streets of Chicago: 1968 123

10 Our Identity on Trial 156

11 One Long Sadness: A Vietnam Memoir 168

III Inside Views: Electoral Politics, Public Policy, and the California State Legislature

12 From "Make the Future Ours": Tom Hayden for U.S. Senate 177

13 Hi, L.A., I'm Peter, and I Haven't a Clue 188

14 Not a Diversion: Domestic Violence is a Crime 191

15 The Special Interests Still Rule 197

16 California Cracks its Mortarboards 200

17 Ex-Slave Laborers Deserve Far Better 207

18 Label Genetically Altered Food 210

IV Digging for Root Causes: Ending Gang Violence

19 Be Equally Tough on Causes of Violence 215

20 Gato and Alex - No Safe Place 219

21 The Myth of the Superpredator 229

V Personal Roots: Thoughts on Ireland

22 The Famine of Feeling 235

23 Drumcree 1998 Is Mississippi 1963 260

VI Personal Life

24 Jane 265

25 Your Son Became a Defendant Instead of a Lawyer 281

26 Eulogy for Patrick Lippert 283

VII Protecting the Environment

27 Rainforest Journal 289

28 The Politics of Nature 308

29 California Salmon on the Verge of Extinction 315

30 Earth Day Sermon 320

VIII Lessons Learned: Progressive Politics and ForeignPolicy

31 The Mission of UCLA's Hunger Strike 331

32 "We Will Not Be Ashamed to Say We Are Czech" 334

33 As a Father, I Cannot Stand It 338

34 An Exiled Son of Santiago 341

35 Things Come 'Round in Mideast 355

36 A Top Cuban Leader Thinks Out Loud 362

IX Reflections on the 1960s

37 The Way We Were 373

38 Conspiracy In the Streets 403

39 Image and Reality: The Vietnam Years 413

40 Missing Mills 417

41 Enemy of the State: The Secret War against John Lennon 425

42 Dick Flacks: Where Caterpillars Become Butterflies 431

43 The Children 435

44 You Gotta Love Her 444

45 Fifty Years On the Road with Jack Kerouac 449

46 Memory and Movements: Cheney, Zinn and Beyond 455

X From Chicago to Seattle and Beyond: Writings on the Global Justice Movement

47 In the Beginning Is the Dream: Thoughts on the Zapatista Insurgency 465

48 Seattle: It Was Bigger than Chicago 486

49 Cancun Files: WTO Opens to Tragedy and Protest 489

50 Harvard in Miami 494

51 Out of the Melting Pot 498

52 Post-Marx From Mumbai 501

53 A New Bolivian Diary 511

54 Who Are You Calling an Immigrant? 519

XI Writing Against the Iraq War

55 It's Empire versus Democracy 527

56 Billy Graham's Legacy: A Crusade in Iraq? 538

57 Anti-War Movement Deserves Some Credit 548

58 Iraq is Dying 552

59 The New Counterinsurgency 557

60 Our Gulag 566

Permissions 568

Index 571

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