The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism
Edited and with an Introduction by Dan Berger
Rutgers University Press, 2010
From the publisher: “The 1970s were a complex, multilayered, and critical part of a long era of profound societal change. Indeed, several iconic events of “the sixties” occurred in the ten years that followed. The Hidden 1970s explores the distinctiveness of those years, a time when radicals tried to change the world as the world changed around them.
“This powerful collection is a compelling assessment of a wide variety of left-wing social movements during a period that many have described as dominated by conservatism or confusion. Contributors examine critical and largely buried legacies of the 1970s. Their essays provide fascinating insight into the myriad ways that radical social movements shaped American political culture in the 1970s and how they continue to do so today.”
With contributions by Brian D. Behnken , Elizabeth Castle , Andrew Cornell, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Victoria Law, Paul Magno, Matt Meyer , Scott Rutherford, Liz Samuels, Benjamin Shepard, Meg Starr, Michael Staudenmaier, James Tracy, and Fanon Che Wilkins.
Praise for the book:
“For readers interested in Red Power, Brown Power, women’s liberation, peace movements, queer politics, and the white left, this important volume offers new perspectives and information that is not available elsewhere. The articles, by a mix of emerging scholars and scholar-activists, offer views of the recent past that should reshape the consensus about the 1970s to focus on activism, organizing, and violence from above and below.”
—Felicia Kornbluh, author of The Battle for Welfare Rights: Politics and Poverty in Modern America
“Important and insightful, The Hidden 1970s boldly reimagines a decade that remains understudied and misunderstood.”
—Peniel E. Joseph, author of Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America
“Out of the dull and ahistorical haze of the alleged “post-civil rights” period arrives The Hidden 1970s, a measured and explosive reminder of the temporary nature of social quiescence and the permanent possibility of radical social crisis. This book offers more than memories and lessons—it awakens an urgent embrace of the kind of political courage and fearlessness that can short-circuit the prevailing liberal-conservative consensus. Dan Berger has assembled a living history of voices that will follow and alter us.”
—Dylan Rodríguez, author of Forced Passages: Imprisoned Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime
“This exciting volume takes readers to the city neighborhoods, prison yards, contested lands, and factory floors where men and women both sustained and expanded upon left-wing activist traditions during a period of political and economic retrenchment. Tightly organized and accessibly written, this collection is essential reading, not only for those interested in gaining a new perspective on the decade of the 1970s, but for anyone who cares about the fate of radicalism in the neoliberal era.”
—Natasha Zaretsky, author of No Direction Home: The American Family and the Fear of National Decline, 1968-1980