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A Rebel and a Cause

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA

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/9780520264281.003.0008
A Rebel and a Cause

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Edward Allen Mead had read more about the radical community in Seattle than that of any other city while in prison. In the 1960s, Seattle's University District was one of the first blossomings of the hippie scene outside New York City's Lower East Side and San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury District. Toward the close of the decade, the campus boasted one of the nation's strongest chapters of Students for a Democratic Society. On May 5, 1970, the day after the Kent State killings by the Ohio National Guard, 7,000 protesters shut down Interstate 5 downtown in Seattle. The next day, they repeated the performance. By then bombings were already a common occurrence in the city. Armed militancy was not the sole province of the Left; indeed, campus radicals, in moving into bombings and bank robberies, poached on territory that had until recently been the private preserve of the Right. Over the next few years, a wave of prison strikes swept from coast to coast, crashing in such out-of-the-way places as Florence, Arizona, Michigan City, Indiana, and Deer Island, Massachusetts.

Keywords: Edward Allen Mead; bombings; Seattle; prison strikes; Democratic Society; armed militancy; radicals; bank robberies; Left

Chapter.  6670 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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