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Old 09-10-2008, 02:45 AM
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Originally Posted by AuntiePam View Post
I was surprised at the mention of the SDS, thinking it was too early. But Wiki says they had their first convention in July 1962. I don't remember hearing of them until the late 60's.
What often gets forgotten, especially with the tendency to remember only the more flamboyant and violent episodes of the 1960s, is that SDS began as a highly intellectual movement and only later began to place more emphasis on the sort of direct action for which they are best known. The "rant" that the guy was reading from in this episode was actually the Port Huron Statement, the main intellectual and political document of the early SDS, formulated at that meeting in mid-1962.

James Miller's book Democracy is in the Streets does a great job of charting the early development of SDS, and focuses closely on the intellectual underpinnings of their ideology.