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"Takin' it to the streets" : a sixties reader
Bloom, Alexander.
Second edition.
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New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
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xvi, 533 pages ; 24 cm
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The second edition of "Takin' it to the streets" revises the comprehensive collection of primary documents of the 1960s that has become the leading reader on the era. Adopted nationwide, this anthology brings together representative writings, many of which have been unavailable for years orhave never been reprinted. Drawn from mainstream sources, little-known sixties periodicals, pamphlets, public speeches, and personal voices, the selections range from the Port Huron Statement and the NOW Bill of Rights to speeches by Malcolm X, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan, to private lettersfrom civil rights workers and Vietnam soldiers. Introductions and headnotes by the editors highlight the importance of particular documents, relating them to each other and placing them within the broader context of the decade. Particular attention is paid to civil rights, Black Power, the counterculture, the women's movement, anti-waractivity, and gay and lesbian struggles, as well as the conservative current that ran counter to more typical sixties movements. For this revised edition, the editors have added nearly thirty selections, including new readings on religion, the drug culture, the sexual revolution, gay rights,conservatism, and the Vietnam War experience. Covering an extremely popular period of history, "Takin' it to the streets" remains the most accessible and authoritative reader on an extraordinary decade, one unlike America had seen before or has experienced since.

Author Notes

Alexander Bloom is at Wheaton College, Massachusetts. Wini Breines is at Northeastern University.

Table of Contents

"Past As Prologue": The 1950S As An Introduction To The 1960s
1 "Keep On Walkin', Keep On Talkin'": Civil Rights To 1965
The Power of NonviolenceMartin Luther King
The Jackson Sit-InSNCC: Founding StatementAnne Moody
The Freedom Rides
Wake Up AmericaJohn Lewis
Letters From Mississippi
Testimony Before the Democratic National ConventionFannie Lou Hamer and Rita Schwerner
SNCC Position Paper: Women in the Movement
Sex and Caste: A Kind of MemoCasey Hayden and Mary King
SelmaSheyann Webb
2 "My Generation": The Student Movement and the New Leftbeginnings
The Port Huron Statement
Letter to the New LeftC. Wright Mills
Raising the Question of Who DecidesCasey Hayden
How to Help the Ones at the BottomJean Smith
Community Organizing
The Politics of "The Movement"Tom Hayden
Cleveland: Conference of the PoorConnie Brown
The Free Speech Movement
The Wedding Within the WarMichael Rossman
An End to HistoryMario Savio
Free Speech Movement Leaflets To the Students of Political Science 113 "Do Not Fold, Bend, Mutilate, or Spindle"
Catch-801Marvin Garson
Freedom is a Big DealBarbara Garson
New Left Thinking at Mid-Decade
In White America: Radical Consciousness and Social ChangeGregory Calvert
Student Power: A Radical ViewCarl Davidson
3 "Say It Loud, Say It Proud": Black Nationalism And Ethnic Consciousness
Black Nationalism and Black Pride
The Ballot or the BulletMalcolm X
The Watts Riots The McCone Commission Reports on Watts, Violence in the City--An End or a Beginning? and Paul Bullock, Watts: The Aftermath
SNCC, The Basis of Black PowerLarry Neal, Black Art and Black Liberation
The Black Panthers
The Black Panther Platform: "What We Want, What We Believe"
Police and the PanthersDeborah Johnson and Flint Taylor
Requiem for Nonviolence [The Death of Martin Luther King, Jr.]Eldridge Cleaver
The Revolt of the Black AthleteHarry Edwards
Chicano ManifestoEl Plan de AztlanArmando B. Rendon
First National Chicana Conference
The Tale of the Raza [Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers' Movement]Luis Valdez
Amy Uyematsu, The Emergence of Yellow Power
American Indians
National Indian Youth Council
Watts and Little Big Horn
4 "Hey, Hey, Lbj!": Vietnam and the Antiwar Movementthe War
Background to War: Vietnam Documents The Vietnamese Declaration of Independence The Geneva Accords, July 1954
John F. Kennedy and the "Domino Theory"
Henry Cabot Lodge on Removing Diem
The Tonkin Gulf Resolution
McGeorge Bundy and "Sustained Reprisal"
"Plan for Action for South Vietnam"John T. McNaughton's
George Ball and The Internal Opposition
Lyndon Johnson on Why Fight in Vietnam?
One Soldier's View: Vietnam LettersGeorge Skakel
The Antiwar Movement
The Incredible WarPaul Potter
Trapped in a SystemCarl Oglesby
SDS Call for a March on Washington
SNCC Position Paper on Vietnam
Declaration of Independence from the War in VietnamMartin Luther King, Jr.
Berrigan at CornellDaniel Berrigan
Resistance and the Draft
The Resistance, We Refuse to ServeVietnam and the Draft
A Time to Say NoMichael Ferber
Antidraft Activity Draft Board Raids Up An Open Letter to the Corporations of America Beaver 55 Strikes Again
Experiences Of War
In the War Army Times The Fort Hood Three
Antiwar Activity Within the Military The Pentagon is Rising A Lot of GIs A.W.O.L. Oleo Strut Is Recruiting Join the Foreign Legion
My LaiLynda Van Devanter, Home Before Morning
Vietnam Veterans Against the WarJohn Kerry
One Vet's RemembrancesRobert Cagle
5 "Eight Miles High": The Counterculturethe Arts
Trout Fishing in AmericaRichard Brautigan
The Living TheatrePierre Biner
San Francisco BrayRichard Goldstein
Janis Joplin, Love, Janis
Nothing Would Ever Be the SameDanny Sugerman
Rock and Roll Is a Weapon of Cultural RevolutionJohn Sinclair
To DanceTom Robbins
Buddhism and the Coming RevolutionGary Snyder
Are You Running With Me, Jesus?Malcolm Boyd
The Drug Culture
Confessions of a Middle-Aged Pot