A New Dawn for the New Left_ Liberation News Service, Montague Farm, and the Long Sixties - Blake Slonecker
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A New Dawn for the New Left_ Liberation News Service, Montague Farm, and the Long Sixties  - Blake Slonecker

Written by Blake Slonecker
Edition: 2012
Format(s): PDF
Language: English

In the summer of 1968, with political violence on the rise in the US and new protest movements blossoming worldwide, Liberation News Service - a news agency for leftist underground media - split into warring factions, encapsulating the ambitions and tensions that were roiling the New Left. As both sides fought for control of the Movement's information infrastructure, acrimony continued to deepen, until a decisive break occurred: the organization's old guard raided their own offices and fled to Montague Farm, a commune in western Massachusetts, leaving behind a determined coterie of upstarts who remained engaged with the world of New York radical politics. Over the next decade, activists on both sides would continue to battle, not only for social justice, but for personal liberation. This lively history traces the entwined histories of Liberation News Service and Montague Farm, providing an intimate look at how New Left institutions founded on the utopian ideals of the 1960s adapted their politics to survive in the 1970s.

Review

"Slonecker's book makes a substantial contribution to the literature about the Sixties." - The Rag Blog

"This book contributes significantly to moving beyond dead-end narratives of 'the Sixties' by demonstrating real continuities of activism stretching into 'the Seventies' (whatever one thinks those are) and the 1980s. Beyond that, it does something that few historians of the New Left have ventured: connect the social spaces and cultural habits of the hard core counter-culture to actual left organizations and real debates." - Van Gosse, author of Rethinking the New Left

"In this extraordinary undertaking, Blake Slonecker brings to life a theme that has long been understated in our historical literature. With meticulous research and engaging prose, he shows how the New Left's utopian strivings and vigorous politics outlived the Sixties and thrived in the Seventies. This is a path-breaking book by a promising and energetic young historian. It is also a lot of fun to read!" - John McMillian, author of Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America

About the Author

Blake Slonecker is Assistant Professor of History at Waldorf College, USA. His work has appeared in the Journal of Social History and The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture.

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