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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: AK Press (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849350973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849350976
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Truth and Revolution' is history. I suppose it’s ultimately the story of a defeat: I don’t think we understood how the reality Reaganism ushered in was going to be so successful in undoing the 1960s. I know we didn’t understand the change that was happening to the world. But something is changing in the world, and as we try, again, to get it right, it’s definitely worth going over the story of a group like the STO." — Ian Scott Horst, Kasama

About the Author

Michael Staudenmaier: Michael Staudenmaier has been an active part of the anarchist movement in the United States for over twenty years. Currently pursuing his PhD in History at the University of Illinois-Urbana, Michael's activist work centers around supporting and encouraging resistance to white supremacy. he has published extensively in anarchist and academic journals, and is a contributor to The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism (Princeton UP, 2010), and The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, 1500 to the Present (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). He lectures widely on a variety of topics related to struggles around issues of race and whiteness.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wildflowerboy on June 18, 2012
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An important anticapitalist organization that lasted nearly two decades, the Sojourner Truth Organization (STO) was, to quote the book, "... a font of new and challenging ideas, as well as a fulcrum for revolutionary action. Among the areas of work in which the group immersed itself were (and this list is by no means exhaustive): workplace organizing, GI resistance, community-based antipolice efforts, women's and especially reproductive rights, anti-imperialist solidarity, international networking with like-minded revolutionaries in Europe and Latin America, antifascist organizing, antinuclear and disarmament struggles, radical responses to state repression, opposition to US intervention in Central America and the Middle East, and youth and student radicalism." From the Puerto Rican independence movement to factory organizing, STO was at the frontlines fighting against the forces of US militarism, white supremacy, capitalism, and patriarchy. That said, despite their longevity and many significant contributions to revolutionary theory, this is an organization that few activists today sadly know anything about. As such, I am thrilled that Michael Staudenmaier has written this amazing book, thus preserving this fascinating chapter of movement history. A must-read for radical leftists involved in the anti-war and Occupied Wall Street movements, this is yet again another great book from AK Press!
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I read this as a former organizer at a non profit and occasional participant at occupy rallies. There were many, many interesting parts of the book but perhaps the most compelling was how this majority-white group handled the issue of white skin privilege including a little bit going back into the birth of American white skin privilege in...Virginia I think it was. I'd suggest this book to anyone interested in revolution, dismantling of the status quo, or even someone who just enjoyed The Lonely Island's "Threw It on the Ground." But maybe buy this book from the AK Press site or a local book store instead of from this conglomerate that treats its workers poorly.
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This book is part of a mini-trend in literature: radical histories of the recent past written by those who were kids at time the events transpired. Truth and Revolution explores Sojourner Truth Organization, a fascinating group of people known for primarily for their analysis of the role of whiteness in destroying progressive movements. (They were that, and more.) The biggest hurdle in writing such a book is how to depict the evolution of the groups theory in an engaging way. The author does a great job with this challenge. Sadly, some of the debates around race, class and gender are a little too relevant for today.
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