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Ellen Willis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680788

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680788.001.0001

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Learning from Chicago

Learning from Chicago

(p.127) Learning from Chicago
Beginning to See the Light

Ellen Willis

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents the author’s reflections about the Chicago protest in 1968. She says that the week of the Democratic Convention summed up a period of movement history as no other action has done since the historic Mississippi Summer Project. She further claims that the Chicago project cannot be judged simply by its concrete political results. In the long run, its influence on the attitudes of the participants may be more important. For them, it was, among other things, a week-long exercise in political education, in which tactical experiments succeeded or failed, in which prejudice—and myth-making—came up against experience. The street community provided a continuing forum for gut-level debate about what had been and what should be done.

Keywords:   Chicago protest, demonstrations, activists, Democratic Convention, mass action

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