Ron Senchak

Resister

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During the early years of the Vietnam War Bruce Dancis refused to be conscripted into the army. For this principled stand he was incarcerated for 19 months — one of 3,000 resisters who were imprisoned at the time.

Dancis was a young socialist from the Bronx, a working class district of New York. He was active in the civil rights movement, campaigned against bad housing, and was a founder member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) while at Cornell University.

Raising Expectations (And Raising Hell)

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Jane McAlevey

This is one very angry trade union activist and this is a very angry book. This is a personal record of her ten years organising for the union and documents her struggle within it. It is not easy for a union to be recognised in the US. There are many hurdles to climb, all with the interests of the employers in mind. On top of this the use of union busting firms is widespread there. They specialise in stopping unions being formed and have proven very effective.

Flying Close to the Sun

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Cathy Wilkerson, Seven Stories Press, £12.99

Cathy Wilkerson has written a detailed, thoughtful and unapologetic autobiography of her life growing up in the US in the 1950s. She became radicalised in the 1960s and 1970s, and was a serious activist involved in the civil rights and anti-war movements. She joined the Students for a Democratic Society and was then involved with a group called the Weathermen, who were involved in a bombing campaign targeting military and financial institutions in the US.

We Will Be Heard

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Bud and Ruth Shultz, Merrell, £14.95

This book is a series of testimonies, mostly from ordinary people, about their experiences of state persecution. They have been imprisoned, had their friends murdered, and their families have been beaten, deported and threatened. We Will Be Heard covers almost 100 years of resistance in the US.

Undiscovered Country

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Review of '50 American Revolutions You're Not Supposed to Know', Mickey Z, Disinformation £6.99

50 American Revolutions You're Not Supposed to Know is a useful reminder of a different US than the one shown to us by NBC or the New York Times. This little book takes us through some interesting historical facts of resistance in the US, the stuff they don't teach you at school. How many Americans know that Seminole Indians and runaway black slaves formed an alliance in Florida? Together, 'since 1738 they had built prosperous, free, self-governing communities'.

The Horror Last Time

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Review of 'The American War', Jonathan Neale, Bookmarks £10

The Vietnamese called it the American War, the invasion and occupation of their country. It was a war of such sheer brutality it is a tribute to human determination that a people could survive. The Vietnamese people paid a heavy price in this war, but in spite of the onslaught that they faced they defeated the greatest imperial power in the world.

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