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‘Prairie Fire’ Memories

“I could wallow in nostalgia about my days with the Weather Underground in the early 1970s: at Coney Island with Bernardine Dohrn, eating Bill Ayers’ soufflés and Jeff Jones’ homemade breads and the thrill of having my left earlobe pieced … Continue reading

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The Things We Knew Then: Vivid Then, Fading Now?

“1. James Forman was a. ’68 Olympic heavyweight champion b. national director of the Congress of Racial Equality c. a Czechoslovakian film director d. executive secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee 2. In Easy Rider, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, … Continue reading

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The Battle of Chicago, 1968

A protester being led away by police outside the Democratic National Convention, Chicago, 1968. “In the late summer of 1968 the sense of anticipation was palpable at Ramparts magazine’s offices in San Francisco. The Democratic National Convention was about to … Continue reading

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Underground – Emile de Antonio, Haskell Wexler, Mary Lampson (1976)

“Underground is a 1976 documentary film about the Weathermen, founded as a militant faction of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), who fought to overthrow the U.S. government during the 1960s and 1970s. The film consists of interviews with … Continue reading

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Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism

“The Prairie Fire Organizing Committee is an activist group whose members advocate the overthrow of the current capitalist system as the only solution to racism, sexism, homophobia, classism and imperialism. … The Prairie Fire Organization began in 1975. It sprang … Continue reading

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Draft lottery (1969)

“On December 1, 1969, the Selective Service System of the United States conducted two lotteries to determine the order of call to military service in the Vietnam War for men born from 1944 to 1950. These lotteries occurred during a … Continue reading

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Days of Rage

Police arrest demonstrators at a “Days of Rage” protest, in Chicago, on October 11, 1969, organized by the Weathermen, a radical offshoot of Students for a Democratic Society. “The Days of Rage demonstrations were a series of direct actions taken … Continue reading

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An Interview with Bill Ayers

“Bill Ayers was a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago until 2010, and he has published several books on pedagogy, including Teaching Toward Freedom (2010) and To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher (2001). Before becoming … Continue reading

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