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Underground newspapers: The social media networks of the 1960s and 1970s

Published in Detroit from 1965 to 1967, Free Poems Among Friends was one of a large number of literary undergrounds. “The social movements of the 1960s and 1970s transformed American politics, social life, and culture. From civil rights groups, to … Continue reading

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Third World Liberation Front strikes of 1968

SF State cafeteria, site of organizing and speech-making prior to and during the strike. “The Third World Liberation Front (TWLF) rose in 1968 as a coalition of ethnic student groups on college campuses in California in response to the Eurocentric … Continue reading

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Chicago’s Blackstone Rangers

“Sometime between 1961 and 1963, according to evidence presented to a Senate subcommittee chaired by John McClellan of Arkansas last July, an unknown number of black young men, who lived in the general area of Sixty-sixth Place and Blackstone Avenue … Continue reading

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At ‘Black Woodstock,’ an All-Star Lineup Delivered Joy and Renewal to 300,000

A rain shower didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the crowds at what is now Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. July 13, 1969. “Woodstock was big and messy, thrilling and stirring — and summed up finally by Jimi Hendrix, whose festival-closing … Continue reading

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1968 Miami riot

“A group of black organizations in Miami called for ‘a mass rally of concerned Black people,’ to take place on August 7, 1968, at the Vote Power building in Liberty City, a black neighborhood. Sponsors were the Vote Power League, … Continue reading

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Roz Payne

“Roz Payne was born in Patterson, New Jersey, and grew up in a political household. Her mom, Edith Berkman, was of Jewish and Polish descent and a Communist labor organizer. She was arrested during the Lawrence, Massachusetts, textile strike in … Continue reading

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Debating the Working Class 50 Years Ago in SDS: Lessons for Today?

“Fifty years ago in August 1966 delegates from across the United States attended the annual Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) Convention in Clear Lake, Iowa. Located in north central Iowa and held at a local Methodist camp, it provided … Continue reading

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