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Chicago '68

David Farber

Chicago '68

David Farber

334 pages | 28 halftones, 1 map | 6 x 9 | © 1988
Paper $27.00 ISBN: 9780226238012 Published October 1994
Cloth $64.00 ISBN: 9780226238005 Published April 1988
E-book $10.00 to $27.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226237992 Published August 1994
Entertaining and scrupulously researched, Chicago '68 reconstructs the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago—an epochal moment in American cultural and political history. By drawing on a wide range of sources, Farber tells and retells the story of the protests in three different voices, from the perspectives of the major protagonists—the Yippies, the National Mobilization to End the War, and Mayor Richard J. Daley and his police. He brilliantly recreates all the excitement and drama, the violently charged action and language of this period of crisis, giving life to the whole set of cultural experiences we call "the sixties."

"Chicago '68 was a watershed summer. Chicago '68 is a watershed book. Farber succeeds in presenting a sensitive, fairminded composite portrait that is at once a model of fine narrative history and an example of how one can walk the intellectual tightrope between 'reporting one's findings' and offering judgements about them."—Peter I. Rose, Contemporary Sociology
Contents
Preface
Introduction
Abbreviations
Narratives
1. Making Yippie!
2. The Politics of Laughter
3. Gandhi and Guerrilla
4. Mobilizing in Molasses
5. The Mayor and the Meaning of Clout
6. The City of Broad Shoulders
7. The Streets Belong to the People
Analyses
8. Inside Yippie!
9. Thinking about the Mobe and Chicago '68
10. Public Feelings
Notes
Index
Review Quotes
Nelson Lichtenstein | New York Times
"Like moths attracted to a bright and dangerous flame, American radicals knew they would have to be in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention. . . .  Farber offers a nuanced interior view of the radicals' chaotically shifting mood as they flitted in and out of the city. [He] takes pains to get the texture of things right."
Publishers Weekly
"This fast-paced chronicle . . .  illuminates the hopes and self-righteousness of both protestors and protectors of the social order. The Yippies tried to interject hippie culture into the politics of participatory democracy, but, argues Farber, they fell back on slogans and charismatic leadership. His thoughtful narrative captures the energy and optimism of the '60s, and it includes revealing cameos of Paul Krassner, Ed Sanders, Dave Dellinger, Tom Hayden and other familiar figures."
Library Journal
"Historian Farber successsfully uses Chicago in the political summer of 1968 as a metaphor for the confluence of American political-cultural impulses of the 1960s. He discusses the Youth International Party (Yippies), Mobilization to End the War, and Mayor Richard J. Daley. He plumbs the factions and contradictions of the media-driven New Left with an acuity that exceeds that of Todd Gitlin in The Sixties . The book is exceptionally well written and researched, with special attention devoted to the underground news sources, films, and interviews. Highly recommended."
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