Ý Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power ✓ Download by ↠´ Amy Sonnie An incredibly well written book on white working class leftist movements in the 1960s and 1970s Amy Sonnie put together a very thoroughly researched piece that examines the social, political, and economic dynamics of these movements and offers a very frank account of their strengths and shortcomings It s hard to find a lot of information online about many of these movements, which were repressed or divided in the 1970s, so this is easily one of the best sources if you re interested Also, the epilogue is awfully forward thinking, especially considering it was written in 2011, 5 years before the failure of the left to engage the white working class became apparent Hillbilly Nationalists is a crucial work in the history of the American left.
Highly recommended I learned a ton about 60s and 70s activism that focused on class, in addition to race and gender, issues Chicago peeps, did you know Uptown was known as Hillbilly Harlem and considered one of the city s most dangerous post WWII slums If you have even the slightest interest in social justice but have never heard of Peggy Terry, Dovie Coleman, or Mike James as I had not , you gotta read this.
THE STORY OF SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND LITTLE KNOWN ACTIVISTS OF THE S, IN A DEEPLY SOURCED NARRATIVE HISTORY The Historians Of The Late S Have Emphasized The Work Of A Group Of White College Activists Who Courageously Took To The Streets To Protest The War In Vietnam And Continuing Racial Inequality Poor And Working Class Whites Have Tended To Be Painted As Spectators, Reactionaries, And, Even, Racists Most Americans, The Story Goes, Just Watched The Political Movements Of The Sixties Go By James Tracy And Amy Sonnie, Who Have Been Interviewing Activists From The Era For Nearly Ten Years, Reject This Old Narrative They Show That Poor And Working Class Radicals, Inspired By The Civil Rights Movement, The Black Panthers, And Progressive Populism, Started To Organize Significant Political Struggles Against Racism And Inequality During The S And S Among These Groups JOIN Community Union Brought Together Southern Migrants, Student Radicals, And Welfare Recipients In Chicago To Fight For Housing, Health, And Welfare The Young Patriots Organization And Rising Up Angry Organized Self Identified Hillbillies, Chicago Greasers, Vietnam Vets, And Young Feminists Into A Legendary Rainbow Coalition With Black And Puerto Rican Activists In Philadelphia, The October Th Organization United Residents Of Industrial Kensington Against Big Business, War, And A Repressive Police Force In The Bronx, White Lightning Occupied Hospitals And Built Coalitions With Doctors To Fight For The Rights Of Drug Addicts And The Poor Exploring An Untold History Of The New Left, The Book Shows How These Groups Helped To Redefine Community Organizing And Transforms The Way We Think About A Pivotal Moment In US History This is really two books The first 3 4 of the book os a detailed examination of attempts to organize poor white people living in the Uptown neighborhood on the north side of Chicago for a few years in the late 60 s and early 70 s The last section is a much briefer, less detail rich account of similar work in New York and Philadelphia at about the same time These latter sections lack the rich local detail of the first part of the book, and the reader gets the feeling that the authors did not have nearly the same number of interviews and documentary record that they had for Uptown.
The first portion of the book focused on Uptown was both fascinating, and disappointing Roger Ebert once said that no one can enjoy a movie shot in their own dining room because all they will see is I had seen the white dudes with confederate flag patches hanging with the Panthers in the film The Murder of Fred Hampton and I knew that they were Okies and Hillbillies living in Chicago slums and that was enough to make me want to read this But there s way to this small book than just those cats, the Young Patriots We also learn about their political ancestors, the Jobs Or Income Now organization that came out of SDS s ERAP, and white working class rebels in related groups in Chicago, Philadelphia and the Bronx These kinds of groups, hopefully this time without the confederate flag, are exactly what the US needs now radical, anti racist, class based community organizations that can reach the people that liberals have written off and left for the deplorables Radical histories like this one have so much to offe This was great, and fills a pretty critical vacuum But it felt rushed at times, and I feel like I finished wanting a similar length book that could be focused just on the history and internal dynamics Rising Up Angry.
I really enjoyed this book, not least because it provides a history of white working class radical organizing across racial divides but also because it was, by and large, situated in Chicago, although the book also discusses organizing that went on in Kensington, PA, Oregon, and to a lesser extent, New York Uptown was the home of the Patriots and JOIN Jobs or Income Now , both of which formed alliances with the Young Lords and the Black Panthers, and centered around Uptown s at that time vibrant hillbilly community Rising Up Angry, which came later, was an explicitly multi racial working class community organizing effort, and also organized folks from the Northwest Suburbs, and explicitly celebrated rather than denigrated working class culture surrounding cars, dress, and thought I didn t know that Mike James the owner of the Heartland Cafe, my first Chicago haunt was a former member
I found this book on recommendation about works that articulate connections between racism and classism in America and found so much Sonnie and Tracy s well researched history of community organizing that united working class people with undermining racism in the 60s and 70s This history of the Young Patriots, JOIN, White Lightning, Rising Up Angry, and October 4th Organization is def recommended reading for contemporary organizers, dreamers, and folks working for social justice Helped me understand the origins of radical racial division of labor currently, Black Lives Matter and SURJ, among others with the Panthers and civil rights movement and so much of the New Right and Donald Trump s populism and law and order rhetoric is reflected in the same kinds of tactics and behaviors by government and leaders thirty and forty years ago and Rizzo in Philadelphia, George Wallace in the An important and timely history of poor white activists working to bridge racial and economic barriers in the prime of the civil rights movement.
It s hard to imagine a time where impoverished and geographically displaced Appalachian whites were able to set aside centuries of institutionalized racism in order to work alongside groups like the Black Panthers and the Puerto Rican Young Lords.
Hillbilly Nationalists is thoroughly researched and annotated, yet still provides exactly the kind of inspiration working class Americans need to reform their misplaced faith in Tea Party politics.