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"Democracy is in the streets" : from Port Huron to the siege of Chicago

Author: Jim Miller
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, ©1987.
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On June 12, 1962, sixty young activists met in Port Huron, Michigan, to draft a manifesto for their generation. The document they produced, The Port Huron Statement, helped spark a dramatic rebirth of the left in America--and ignited a decade of dissent. In this book, James Miller vividly re-creates the turbulent history of the people and ideas that shaped the New Left, and America, during the 1960s. Focusing on  Read more...
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Miller, Jim, 1947-
Democracy is in the streets.
New York : Simon and Schuster, ©1987
(OCoLC)648609594
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Miller
ISBN: 0671530569 9780671530563 067166235X 9780671662356
OCLC Number: 14414284
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 431 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: INTRODUCTION: Port Huron and the lost history of the New Left --
PART 1: REDISCOVERING POLITICS. 1: Out of apathy. On a different track ; Michigan's multiversity ; Creeping socialism ; Act now ; From protest to radicalism --
2: On the road. Faith ; Rebellion ; Commitment ; The art of political discussion ; Witness to a revolution --
Part 2: TAKING DEMOCRACY SERIOUSLY. 3: Politics and vision. Democratic analysis ; If not now, when? ; Political stickball ; Personal ties --
4: the prophet of the powerless ; Outside the whale ; The public in eclipse ; A new moral optic ; Taking it big --
5: Building a house of theory. Defining an ideal ; Doubts about democracy ; Theories of action ; A re-assertion of the personal ; Promoting political controversy ; 6: Port Huron. Setting the stage ; Fathers and sons ; The spirit of pace-to-face politics ; Agenda for a generation ; A new beginning --
7: Beyond the Cold War. Invitation to an inquest ; Lockout and appeal ; Growing up red ; Ignorance and autonomy ; An uneasy truce --
8: Participatory democracy. Speaking American ; A conflict of interpretations ; Beyond the bewildered herd ; A muffled tocsin ; The uses of ambiguity --
Part 3: BUILDING A MOVEMENT. 9: An intellectual in search of a strategy. The politics of social science ; At odds ; Taking stock ; In search of a strategy ; History as a way of learning ; A new era ; A living document ; Port Huron revisited ; Radical pluralism ; Blowin' in the wind --
10: An organizer in search of authenticity. The Vita Activa ; An interracial movement of the poor ; War on poverty ; Fragmentation ; Chimes of freedom ; Experiments in organizing ; In search of authenticity ; Reinventing the neighborly community ; The limits of face-to-face politics --
11: A leader in search of legitimacy. In the tradition of Debs ; The secret of Vietnam ; Zen koans and new recruits ; The birth of the anti-war movement ; Escalation ; The first march ; Revolutionary symbolism ; Media images ; Anti-politics ; Internal democracy ; Getting attention ; Chaos ; Conflict ; Red-baiting ; In search of legitimacy ; Like a rolling stone ; An ending --
12: A moralist in search of power. A wager ; Let the people decide ; The other side ; A socialism of the heart ; Ambition unbound ; The fire this time ; Fantasies of revolution ; We are all Viet Cong ; Rituals of confrontation ; In search of power ; Shadow ambassador ; Facing reality ; Bringing the war home ; Tears of rage ; Democracy is in the streets ; The struggle begins ; The whole world is watching ; Incognito ; Lost --
Conclusion: A collective dream --
Appendix: The Port Huron statement.
Responsibility: by James Miller.

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On June 12, 1962, sixty young activists met in Port Huron, Michigan, to draft a manifesto for their generation. The document they produced, The Port Huron Statement, helped spark a dramatic rebirth of the left in America--and ignited a decade of dissent. In this book, James Miller vividly re-creates the turbulent history of the people and ideas that shaped the New Left, and America, during the 1960s. Focusing on politics and philosophy as well as personalities, Miller chronicles the careers of both the most publicized radical leaders and the less well known theorists and activists of the decade: C. Wright Mills, the sociologist who became the prophet of the powerless to a generation of students; Al Haber, the reluctant visionary who became the first president of Students for a Democratic Society; Richard Flacks, the intellectual who combined theory and practice in a new strategy for the American left; Sharon Jeffrey, who walked her first picket line at the age of five and whose dreams of community organizing took her from the campus to the inner city; Paul Booth, the precocious organizer of the first march on Washington to protest the Vietnam War; and Tom Hayden, the charismatic anti-leader whose personal odyssey--from voter registration in the segregated South to the riots in the Newark ghetto, from his trip to North Vietnam to his conspiracy trial after the siege of the 1968 Chicago convention--mirrored the convulsions of the 1960s.--From book jacket.

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