Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Race, Class and Gender in the 60s U.S.
This talk is based upon a series of books that have recently appeared covering the hidden history of the white working class radical community groups who formed the ‘Rainbow Coalition’ with the Black Panthers, Young Lords, Native American and Japanese American revolutionary groups in 1969. The white radical organisations comprised displaced ‘Southern’ white working class people who were challenging racism, sexism and capitalism from a class perspective in the deeply segregated cities of the North and East such as Chicago, Philadelphia and New York. The FBI operation to smash this alliance was launched three days after the first meeting in Chicago in 1969.
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