Democracy Is in the Streets: From Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago

Democracy Is in the Streets From Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago On June sixty young student activists drafted a manifesto for their generation The Port Huron Statement that ignited a decade of dissent Democracy Is in the Streets is the definitive history

  • Title: Democracy Is in the Streets: From Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago
  • Author: JamesMiller
  • ISBN: 9780674197251
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Paperback
  • On June 12, 1962, sixty young student activists drafted a manifesto for their generation The Port Huron Statement that ignited a decade of dissent Democracy Is in the Streets is the definitive history of the major people and ideas that shaped the New Left in America during that turbulent decade Because the 1960s generation is now moving into positions of power in polOn June 12, 1962, sixty young student activists drafted a manifesto for their generation The Port Huron Statement that ignited a decade of dissent Democracy Is in the Streets is the definitive history of the major people and ideas that shaped the New Left in America during that turbulent decade Because the 1960s generation is now moving into positions of power in politics, education, the media, and business, their early history is crucial to our understanding James Miller, in his new Preface, puts the 1960s and them into a context for our time, claiming that something of value did happen Most of the large questions raised by that moment of chaotic openness political questions about the limits of freedom, and cultural questions, too, about the authority of the past and the anarchy of the new are with us still.

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    1. An excellent introduction to the theory and tangled history of the idea of "participatory democracy" which, to my mind, represents the best that the New Left had to offer during the turbulent period between the Port Huron Conference, where the defining statement of (early) Students for a Democratic Society, was drafted to the tragic denouement represented by the chaos at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Miller, who was a participant and who not surprisingly reveals his biases at several key junct [...]

    2. My college mentor, Ray Seidelman, died this week. I am devastated. He was the best teacher I ever had, and that's saying a lot, since I went to Sarah Lawrence College. That's sorta like being the bat boy for the 1927 NY Yankees. The campus was filled with great professors -- Jefferson Adams, Paul Josephson, Tara Fitzpatrick, Miriam Conant, Michael Davis. But Ray was Babe Ruth to their Gehrig, Meusel, Combs, Penncock, and Hoyt. When he stepped up to the plate, everybody backed the fuck up, becaus [...]

    3. I've been rereading this book once or twice a year since I first found it. It is primarily a biography of the early years of Students for a Democratic Society, though it tends to focus on Tom Hayden, the group's intellectual leader and the main architect of the Port Huron Statement. Miller--author of rather decent volumes on both Rousseau and the early years of Rock and Roll--ably analyzes the intellectual foundations of the group, from C. Wright Mills and Arnold Kaufman to the organizing princi [...]

    4. Serious lefty ideological combat is soooo yesteryear. Yet this book made me wonder if we're missing something by avoiding any ideological debate today. For a variety of (I think) good reasons, I've always been basically allergic to debate over left-wing ideology. Now I am wondering if it isn't time to start thinking a little bit about the big picture again.Is a society with plentiful social goods, leisure time and education for everyone possible? Does a massive social democratic role for governm [...]

    5. This was assigned to me when I was in college, and it left such an impression on me. I was so moved and motivated by the story of the origins of the SDS and it was what made me want to be in Ann Arbor. I'm here now and it's no longer the center of student activism it once was, which makes me kind of sad. Maybe it can be again. There are lessons to be learned in here, especially in this day and age.

    6. Two stars may be harsh - this was probably more two and a half. The book's strengths are a detailed analysis of SDS's origins and intellectual roots, and the attention throughout to the potential and pitfalls of its organizational structure from the beginning to collapse. However, the problems with the text keep it from being satisfying - namely, despite identifying the years of intense growth (1964-68) as the pivotal time in which SDS expanded but fell apart, the focus remains on the 'Old Guard [...]

    7. Intellectual history of the most serious sixties protest movements. Very interesting. If you really want to get inside and examine the actual work that was going on, not the myth and not the coca-cola ad, I don't know of a better source.

    8. Excellent history of SDS and the 60s New Left in USA. Discusses importance of C. Wright Mills on Tom Hayden and other early SDSers. Miller, who analyzed Rousseau's influence on the French Revolution, brings a strong understanding of direct/participatory democracy to SDS.

    9. I learned about the SDS, Students for a Democratic Society and what they were before the Weathermen usurped the group. Fascinating study of the student left in the 1960s.

    10. fantastic history of a fantastic group. i only wish i could have lived in the late 60s, so i could have joined it, and participated in political protest (not as a VISTA, of course)

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