Publication Year: 2003
Published by: Red Hen Press
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The Sixties continue to be a battlefield in the struggle for the American soul. My hope is that the reissue of this book, originally written in 1988, may be a timely contribution of past memory ...
Part One: Growing up in the Fifties
1. “Stand By Me”
In 1987, I took my thirteen-year-old son to Stand By Me, a nostalgic film about young boys growing up in the fifties in a small American town surrounded by farmland with railroad ...
Part Two: The Movement Begins
2. The Conversion: Ann Arbor, 1957-1961
Ann Arbor is one of the classic college towns where the sixties generation first commingled, where it was inspired and then alienated, and where it formed its distinct ...
3. Never Turn Back: The South, 1960–62
The movement began making its push into the Black Belt, the heart of the old Confederacy, as Casey and I arrived, newlyweds, in Atlanta in the fall of 1961. She became immediately ...
4. Port Huron: June 1962
From the Albany jail in December 1961, I composed a letter to my friends in SDS. We were to meet in Ann Arbor in two weeks to decide the fate of the organization. Now, in my tired ...
5. Triumphs. Transitions. Tragedies: 1962–1964
The euphoric peak of the early sixties—the civil rights march on Washington—preceded the abyss of John Kennedy’s death by fewer than one hundred days. Such were the times—triumph ...
Part Three: Among the Poor
On a sweltering day in July 1964—a few weeks Before the Democratic convention—I stepped out of a car after an allnight drive from Ann Arbor and found myself looking for the first time...
7. The Fire Next Time: July 1967
When the Newark riot began on July 12, 1967, I was playing ...
Part Four: Vietnam
8. The Other Side: Hanoi, 1965
In November 1965, while still immersed in Newark, my life suddenly took another direction. As the shadow of the Vietnam War cast its darkness over my hopes, I was drawn toward the ...
9. The War Comes Home: 1966–1967
Picasso’s grotesque painting of bombing victims in Guérnica during the Spanish Civil War depicted an incident in which eighty civilians were killed. In Vietnam, there were Guérnicas ...
10. Prisoners: 1967
In Hanoi, an emissary of the National Liberation Front passed me a welcome message: The NLF was ready to release several American prisoners held in the South as a “gesture of ...
11. Vietnam Reconsidered
Two decades later, it is still difficult for me to untangle my feelings about Vietnam and how they affected me then. Certain of my beliefs, they remain as they were before. For instance, I ...
Part Five: Chicago
12. The Violence of Spring: 1968
As 1968 began, I felt I was living on the knife edge of history. It did, of course, turn out to be a year of extraordinary turmoil, a climax to events that had begun five years earlier with the ...
13. The Streets of Chicago: 1968
The stunning events of the spring—LBJ’s withdrawal, the Paris peace talks, the sudden deaths and the riots—left people depleted and plans for the convention protest in doubt. If the ...
14. The Indictment Begins: Berkeley, 1969
With the election of Richard Nixon, a new period of political repression began in America, the first since the Mc- Carthy era, during which Nixon served as vice-president and learned the ...
15. The Trial: 1969–1970
THE SCENE: The twenty-third floor of the Chicago Federal Building, a black steel tower shielded from natural light and air by its green-tinted windows, described by the Chicago Art Institute as a building in which ...
16. The Verdict
We became known as the “Conspiracy.” The seven remaining defendants camped in apartments in the Hyde Park area near the university, about forty-five minutes from the Federal ....
Page Count: 400
Publication Year: 2003
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