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When Martin Luther King Came Out Against Vietnam

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Dr. King’s Riverside Church address exemplified how, throughout his final 18 months of life, he repeatedly rejected the sunny optimism of his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech and instead mourned how that dream had “turned into a nightmare.” But the speech also highlighted how for Dr. King, civil rights was never a discrete problem in American society, and that racism went hand in hand with the fellow evils of poverty and militarism that kept the country from living up to its ideals.

Finally, in early 1967, he had had enough. One day Dr. King pushed aside a plate of food while paging through a magazine whose photographs depicted the burn wounds suffered by Vietnamese children who had been struck by napalm. The images were unforgettable, he said. “I came to the conclusion that I could no longer remain silent about an issue that was destroying the soul of our nation.”

18 Rules Of Behavior For Young Ladies In 1831

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Rules of behavior for Young Ladies, partly extracted from this work and the most celebrated books on Ladies education.”

  • Avoid every thing masculine.
  • Be not too often seen in public.
  • Consult only your own relations.
  • Don’t even hear a double entendre.
  • Endeavor to write and speak grammatically.
  • Fondness for finery shows as bad a taste, as neatness and simplicity imply a good one.
  • Form no friendship with men.
  • Give your hand, when necessary, modestly.
  • If you talk in society, talk only about those things which you understand.
  • Know that a man of good sense will never marry but the pious, industrious and frugal.
  • Let not love begin on your part.
  • Make no great intimacies with any body.
  • Never be afraid of blushing.
  • Pride yourself in modesty.
  • Read no novels, but let your study be History, Geography, Biography and other instructive books.
  • Sympathise with the unfortunate
  • Trust no female acquaintance, i.e. make no confidant of any one.

Fresh Air Intewrview: ’70s ‘Days Of Rage’

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Bryan Burrough’s new book describes the Weather Underground and other militant groups’ tactics to protest the government. He interviews former radicals who had never gone on the record before.

Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. “The Equal Rights Amendment”

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

A woman walked around New York City for 10 hours and filmed every catcall she received

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Hollaback, an organization that wants to stamp out street harassment and intimidation (a.k.a.catcalls), produced a video in which it videotaped a young woman walking around Manhattan for 10 hours this past August. A hidden video camera was placed in the backpack of a man walking in front of her, catching every catcall, whistle, and even one persistent character who walked alongside the woman for five minutes.

The results are startling:

Lecture: The New Left

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Here is my lecture on the social justice movements of the 1960’s and 70’s.

Lecture Outline:

  • Students for a Democratic Society (1962)
  • Free Speech Movement (1964-65)
  • The Weather Underground (1969)
  • Youth International Party or YIPPIES (1968)
  • The American Indian Movement (1968)
  • Second Wave Feminism
  • Chicano Movement
  • Gay Liberation Movement
  • Environmental Movement


What happened to the environmental movement?

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Adam Rome’s genial new book, “The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-in Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation” (Hill & Wang), brings to life another era. We’re as distant from Earth Day as the Battle of Gettysburg was from James Monroe’s reëlection, and Rome evokes a United States that feels, politically, like a foreign country. There were a number of liberal Republicans. Most active members of environmental groups were hunters and fishermen. The Sierra Club was an actual club that required new members to be proposed by old ones. The Environmental Defense Fund was two years old. Things like bottle recycling and organic food were exotic.

Buckley, Kerouac, Sanders and Yablonsky discuss Hippies

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

A 1968 episode of William F. Buckley’s Firing Line, featuring a drunken Jack Kerouac, the Fug’s Ed Sanders and a clueless academic, Lewis Yablonsky, discussing the “Hippie” movement.

The Guerrilla Skirmishes of the Sexual Revolution

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

The front page of the The Daily Princetonian


Fifty years ago this week, panty-seeking college boys lit the fuse on the 1960s.

“Imagine being the typical 20-year-old American-male college student in May of 1952. You have come of age in the new era of the American teenager. You are living in close quarters with thousands of peers amid a campus boom made possible by the GI Bill. Whether you study rocket science or history, you are being trained to win the Cold War. You are eligible to be drafted to kill and die in Korea, but you cannot vote, and you cannot spend the night with your girlfriend, and you cannot console yourself by rocking out to “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” because Mick Jagger is still 8 years old. Which is not even to mention that homosexuality is grounds for expulsion. You have been waiting for spring. You have been studying Robert Herrick in English lit. The leaves are on the trees. The sun is in the leaves. The personal is the political, but there aren’t yet any second-wave feminists to say so. The sap is rising in the trunk. The panty-raider’s pursuit of unmentionables is sometimes a conscious act of political speech, sometimes the unconscious expression of teen lust in a repressive climate.”


Saturday, May 25th, 2013

“Revolution is not something fixed in ideology, nor is it something fashioned to a particular decade. It is a perpetual process embedded in the human spirit.”

-Abbie Hoffman


Abbie Hoffman, describes the goals of the Yippies! and the plans for demonstrations in Chicago, where the Democratic National Convention was to take place in August.Taken from Revolution for the Hell of It

PBS Independent Lens Film: The Chicago Ten

Dementia in the Second City from TIME, September 6, 1968

Smithsonian Magazine: 1968 Democratic Convention: The Bosses Strike Back

UMKC: The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Or Chicago Eight)
Explore this site from the faculty of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, which includes audio clips and transcripts from the trial, as well as quotes, biographies and more.

The Abbie Hoffman Web Page: This Hoffman tribute site includes pictures, links, writing and related media material.

For the Hell of It: The Life and Times of Abbie Hoffman

Democracy Now!: Revolutionary Non-Violence: Remembering Dave Dellinger
Watch video of or read the transcript of a 2004 Democracy Now! episode commemorating the life and work of David Dellinger. Chicago Conspiracy Trial attorney Leonard Weinglass and defendant Tom Hayden are among those who share their thoughts

An excerpt from Chicago ’68 by David Farbe