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Publication Year: 2003

In Rebel: A Personal History of the 1960s, Tom Hayden, a seminal figure in the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s, documents a period in U.S. history of major social and political change. Including excerpts from FBI files, speeches, and journal entries, Rebel provides wisdom to a new generation for whom the belief in non-violence and social change is as relevant as ever.

Published by: Red Hen Press

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pp. xi-xvi

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

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pp. 1-19

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1. “Stand By Me”

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pp. 4-19

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

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pp. 21-38

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2. The Conversion: Ann Arbor, 1957-1961

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pp. 23-48

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 ...

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3. Never Turn Back: The South, 1960–62

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pp. 49-66

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 ...

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4. Port Huron: June 1962

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pp. 67-93

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 ...

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5. Triumphs. Transitions. Tragedies: 1962–1964

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pp. 94-109

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

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pp. 111-128

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Newark: 1964-1967

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pp. 113-136

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...

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7. The Fire Next Time: July 1967

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pp. 137-155

When the Newark riot began on July 12, 1967, I was playing ...

Part Four: Vietnam

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pp. 157-174

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8. The Other Side: Hanoi, 1965

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pp. 159-179

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 ...

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9. The War Comes Home: 1966–1967

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pp. 180-199

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 ...

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10. Prisoners: 1967

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pp. 200-219

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 ...

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11. Vietnam Reconsidered

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pp. 220-227

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

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pp. 229-234

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12. The Violence of Spring: 1968

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pp. 235-269

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 ...

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13. The Streets of Chicago: 1968

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pp. 270-302

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 ...

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14. The Indictment Begins: Berkeley, 1969

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pp. 303-313

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 ...

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15. The Trial: 1969–1970

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pp. 314-347

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 ...

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16. The Verdict

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pp. 348-380

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 ....


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pp. 381-384

E-ISBN-13: 9781597097789
Print-ISBN-13: 9781888996661

Page Count: 400
Publication Year: 2003

Edition: First