Sixties Radicals, Then and Now

Candid Conversations with Those Who Shaped the Era


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About the Book

Aroused by gains in civil rights and galvanized by the antiwar movement, radical leaders of the 1960s sought to make revolutionary changes in American society. Partly through their leadership, a generation was awakened by the call for a counterculture. That generation is now responsible for the same social and political structures they so adamantly, and sometimes violently, opposed. How did the sixties affect the counterculture leaders? And what are they doing now?
Paul Krassner, Cleveland Sellers, Jane Adams, Dave Dellinger, Bill Ayers, Warren Hinckle, Peter Berg, Noam Chomsky, Tim Leary, Philip Berrigan, Anita Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Erica Huggins, Jim Fouratt, Bernadine Dohrn, Barry Melton, Peter Coyote, and Abbie Hoffman reflect on the seminal events that dominated the sixties and discuss the major issues and problems facing America (and them!) today.

About the Author(s)

Ron Chepesiuk is a professor and head of special collections at Winthrop University. He lives in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Ron Chepesiuk
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 334
Bibliographic Info: 15 photos, notes, glossary, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008 [1995]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3732-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Introduction      1
A Chronnology: 1960–1973      7

1. Paul Krassner: Father of the Underground Press      25
2. Cleveland Sellers: From Black Revolutionary to Educator and Community Worker      41
3. Jane Adams: From Grassroots Organizer to University Professor      56
4. Dave Dellinger: Radical for Peace      74
5. Bill Ayers: Radical Educator      92
6. Warren Hinckle: Unreconstructed Radical      107
7. Peter Berg: From Digger to Environmental Activist      118
8. Noam Chomsky: Radical Intellectual      133
9. Tim Leary: From High Priest of LSD to Guru of High Tech      147
10. Philip Berrigan: Radical for Christ      158
11. Anita Hoffman: Reluctant Radical      169
12. Jerry Rubin: A Man for All Seasons      182
13. Ericka Huggins: From Black Panther to AIDS Activist      198
14. Jim Fouratt: Gay Rights Activist      211
15. Bernardine Dohrn: From Revolutionary to Children’s Rights Advocate      223
16. Barry Melton: From Rock Musician to Activist Lawyer      240
17. Peter Coyote: Hollywood Radical      254
18. Abbie Hoffman: An American Rebel      272

Notes      285
Bibliography      297
A Select Glossary      303
Index      313

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Highly recommended for most libraries”—Library Journal
  • “[The] interviews…shed light on their perspectives 30 years later”—C&RL News.