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Guerrilla USA

Daniel Burton-Rose

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780520264281
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520946033 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520264281.001.0001
Guerrilla USA

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“We are cozy cuddly/armed and dangerous/and we will/raze the fucking prisons/to the ground.” In an attempt to deliver on this promise, the George Jackson Brigade launched a violent three-year campaign in the mid–1970s against corporate and state institutions in the Pacific Northwest. This campaign, conceived by a group of blacks and whites, both straight and gay, claimed fourteen bombings, as many bank robberies, and a jailbreak. Drawing on extensive interviews with surviving members of the George Jackson Brigade, this book provides an inside-out perspective on the social movements of the 1970s, revealing the whole era in a new and more complex light. It is also an exploration of the true nature of crime and a meditation on the tension between self-restraint and anger in the process of social change.

Keywords: George Jackson Brigade; social movements; state institutions; bombings; bank robberies; self-restraint; crime; anger; social change; Pacific Northwest

Book.  358 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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