Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, And Black …


Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, And Black Power: Community Organizing In Radical Times
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THE STORY OF SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND LITTLE-KNOWN ACTIVISTS OF THE 1960s, IN A DEEPLY SOURCED NARRATIVE HISTORY THE STORY OF SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND LITTLE-KNOWN ACTIVISTS OF THE 1960s, IN A DEEPLY SOURCED NARRATIVE HISTORY The historians of the late 1960s have emphasized the work of a group of white college activists who courageously took to the streets to protest the war in Vietnam and continuing racial inequality. Poor and working-class whites have tended to be painted as spectators, reactionaries, and, even, racists. Most Americans, the story goes, just watched the political movements of the sixties go by. The historians of the late 1960s have emphasized the work of a group of white college activists who courageously took to the streets to protest the war in Vietnam and continuing racial inequality. Poor and working-class whites have tended to be painted as spectators, reactionaries, and, even, racists. Most Americans, the story goes, just watched the political movements of the sixties go by. James Tracy and Amy Sonnie, who have been interviewing activists from the era for nearly ten years, reject this old narrative. They show that poor and working-class radicals, inspired by the Civil Rights movement, the Black Panthers, and progressive populism, started to organize significant political struggles against racism and inequality during the 1960s and 1970s. Among these groups: James Tracy and Amy Sonnie, who have been interviewing activists from the era for nearly ten years, reject this old narrative. They show that poor and working-class radicals, inspired by the Civil Rights movement, the Black Panthers, and progressive populism, started to organize significant political struggles against racism and inequality during the 1960s and 1970s. Among these groups: + +  JOIN Community Union JOIN Community Union brought together southern migrants, student radicals, and welfare recipients in Chicago to fight for housing, health, and welfare . . . brought together southern migrants, student radicals, and welfare recipients in Chicago to fight for housing, health, and welfare . . . +  The +  TheYoung Patriots Organization Young Patriots Organization and andRising Up Angry Rising Up Angry organized self-identified hillbillies, Chicago greasers, Vietnam vets, and young feminists into a legendary “Rainbow Coalition” with Black and Puerto Rican activists . . . organized self-identified hillbillies, Chicago greasers, Vietnam vets, and young feminists into a legendary “Rainbow Coalition” with Black and Puerto Rican activists . . . + + In Philadelphia, the In Philadelphia, theOctober 4th Organization October 4th Organization united residents of industrial Kensington against big business, war, and a repressive police force . . . united residents of industrial Kensington against big business, war, and a repressive police force . . .+ + In the Bronx, In the Bronx,White Lightning White Lightning occupied hospitals and built coalitions with doctors to fight for the rights of drug addicts and the poor. occupied hospitals and built coalitions with doctors to fight for the rights of drug addicts and the poor. Exploring an untold history of the New Left, the book shows how these groups helped to redefine community organizing-and transforms the way we think about a pivotal moment in U.S. history. Exploring an untold history of the New Left, the book shows how these groups helped to redefine community organizing-and transforms the way we think about a pivotal moment in U.S. history.

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