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Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History Paperback – April 28, 2009
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“Powerfully dramatizes the broad panorama of mayhem and confrontation in the '60s.” ―The Buffalo News
“Engrossing and unexpectedly effective.” ―The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
“Could easily inspire the next generation of activists.” ―Penthouse
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Get it. I bought a 2nd copy to share with some of my Liberal friends!
As a separate issue the drawings are boring. The protestors break thru security lines to the lawn of the Pentagon. Without the text, it looks like a dull dull dull picnic.With the text it looks like there wasn't much of a protest going on. That is typical of the illustrations. The text says that women and men were taking equal part in the housekeeping at one 'project house'. Graphic shows women cooking, men talking. Kent State is condensed into two pages at the end. Throughout the book words in the text are in bold face type; the words in boldface seem to be chosen randomly.
Graphic Format can be used to bring an added dimension to an historical account. This book is an example trying to exploit the current interest in graphic format with a second rate text and ill planned pictures.
As an undergraduate student at U.. Mass. Boston, I joined one of the Marxist-Leninist groups, Students Against War and Fascism, that differed in some obscure way from the S.D.S. itself; there were lots of splinter groups, which differed in their "take" on Marx, Engels, and Lenin, or which were latter-day votaries of Trotsky, Che Guevarra, and/or Mao, and they were every bit as "devoted to the cause" as the S.D.S. itself, and manifested many of the same traits. I never could understand why the groups made such a fuss about their divergent interpretations of the great Marxist-Leninist founders' writings, but these rival viewpoints meant a great deal to the leading student figures of the various groups. It seemed to me then, and, in hindsight, even more now, that an united Marxist front would have accomplished more than the various splinter groups did achieve.
I was then and largely remain rather liberal in my socio-political convictions (although later, and I hope wiser, in life I reverted to Catholic Christian belief), but at the time I never completely grasped what these organisations really were about, or perhaps rather I did not feel the need to assert their Marxist dogmas in full or according to the same interpretations.Read more ›
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this book examines student activism during the regim of Raegan. what's impressive on this reading material is its resilient and straight to the point commentaries on how the Raegan... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Paula Tilley
Wow. Have you ever listened to a person reminisce about something that was *SO INTERESTING* the last time they were drunk/stoned? Read morePublished on January 22, 2012 by M. Heiss
I learned a little about the SDS, but this seems designed as an adventure comic to spur memories for those who were there, not for me. Read morePublished on May 31, 2010 by tierny