The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism

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Dan Berger
Rutgers University Press, 2010 - History - 303 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Exploding Limits in the 1970s
1
PART
11
The Roots of Prison Abolition
21
Feminist Responses
39
Race Territory
57
The Anicinabe Park
77
The Organization of the Sixth
97
How Indigenous Peoples Wound Up at the United Nations
115
Workplace Organizing
155
Community
177
Police Murder Mexican American
195
Poor White and Angry in the New Left
214
Consensus
231
Building for Nonviolent Revolution
250
The Life and Times
267
Notes on Contributors
285

Leadership Solidarity
135

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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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