Tag Archives: New Left

Michael James :
Broken bones, Castle in the Sky, on the res, and meeting Katy Hogan, 1975-’76

Once, in an altered state, Duane and I climbed a fire tower in the night and looked over many square miles of pine trees under the stars. By Michael James | The Rag Blog | May 14, 2014 [In this … Continue reading

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Michael James :
To love we must fight: Serving the people mind, body, and soul, 1969-’76

Through Rising Up Angry, our message, influence, and notoriety ricocheted from kid to kid in neighborhoods across the city and beyond. By Michael James | The Rag Blog | April 23, 2014 [In this series, Michael James is sharing images … Continue reading

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Michael James :
‘Rising Up Angry’: Porch climbers, greasers, popcorn girl, and a family, 1968-’69

After my work in Uptown, I focused on bringing the movement, the revolution, to working class white kids, who had been overlooked by organizers. By Michael James | The Rag Blog | March 12, 2014 [In this series, Michael James … Continue reading

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Thorne Dreyer and Bob Simmons :
VIDEO | Austin’s ‘Underground Goes Overboard’ with Ayers and Dohrn

Bill and Bernardine lead an engaging and often very funny community conversation at The Rag Blog’s launch party — all captured on Bob Simmons’ video! Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn host an entertaining and provocative discussion at The Rag Blog‘s … Continue reading

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Michael James :
Poor whites respond to Black rebellion, plus Buffalo Gap and the Klan, 1967-’68

The summers of 1967 and ’68 were hot — real hot — and we were in the ‘guts of the ogre.’ By Michael James | The Rag Blog | March 3, 2014 [In this series, Michael James is sharing images … Continue reading

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Michael James :
In and out of Uptown, the ‘Appaloosa Mother,’ and meeting Dr. King, 1967

Sonny gave me this advice: ‘Just make sure you’re not hanging out in these same bars 20 years from now.’ By Michael James | The Rag Blog | February 12, 2014 [In this series, Michael James is sharing images from … Continue reading

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Harry Targ :
Progressives need to remember that history is complicated

In the words of Pete Seeger, “Though it’s darkest before the dawn, These thoughts keep us moving on…” By Harry Targ | The Rag Blog | January 28, 2014 [This essay by Harry Targ first appeared at The Rag Blog … Continue reading

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Michael James : Free Speech at Sproul Plaza, Berkeley, Fall of 1964

Gathering during Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley, December 1964. At left, with mustache, is Jack Weinberg; center, in tie, is Michael Lerner; second from right, in glasses, is Marvin Garson. Photos by Michael James from his forthcoming book, Michael … Continue reading

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RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : Chicago’s Mike Klonsky Fights for Public Education, ‘Small Schools’

Chicago education activist Mike Klonsky in the studios of KOOP Radio, Austin, Texas, Friday, August 20, 2013. Photo by Roger Baker / The Rag Blog. Rag Radio podcast: Former SDS leader Mike Klonsky is fighter for ‘Small Schools’ and democratic … Continue reading

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Michael James : Muddy Waters and James Cotton at the Fat Black Pussycat, 1963

Muddy Waters and James Cotton at the Fat Black Pussycat in Chicago, 1963. Photo by Michael James from his forthcoming book, Michael Gaylord James’ Pictures from the Long Haul. Pictures from the Long Haul: Muddy Waters and James Cotton  at … Continue reading

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RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : Sociologist Todd Gitlin on the State of American Mass Media

Todd Gitlin. Image from Pew Forum. Rag Radio podcast: Sociologist and author Todd Gitlin on  the state of mass media in America We discuss the so-called ‘Golden Age’ of journalism highlighted by the distinguished coverage of the Watergate scandal, as … Continue reading

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RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : Sociologist, Author, and New Left Pioneer and Critic, Todd Gitlin

Todd Gitlin. Photo by David Shankbone / Wikimedia Commons. Rag Radio podcast:Sociologist, media critic, author, and SDS pioneer Todd Gitlin Our discussion with the renowned scholar and author ranges from the legacy of the Port Huron Statement and Gitlin’s critical take … Continue reading

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