If any Ratio Juris readers of Leftist suasion like yours truly are in Southern California in February of 2012, I thought this conference here in Santa Barbara would be worth attending: The Port Huron Statement at 50 (!). I’ve put together some homework/background reading for those of you perhaps too young to be intimately acquainted or well-versed in this history. The Port Huron Statement, first published by the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) (the student Department of the League for Industrial Democracy) in 1962, is reprinted as the appendix in the Miller volume below.
- Breines, Wini. Community and Organization in the New Left, 1962-1968: The Great Refusal. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1989.
- Carson, Clayborne. In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1981.
- Case, John and Rosemary C.R. Taylor, eds. Co-Ops, Communes, and Collectives: Experiments in Social Change in the 1960s and 1970s. New York: Pantheon Books, 1979.
- Cohen, Robert and Reginald D. Zelnik, eds. The Free Speech Movement: Reflections on Berkeley in the 1960s. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2002.
- Gitlin, Todd. The Whole World is Watching: mass media in the making and unmaking of the new left. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1980.
- Gitlin, Todd. The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage. New York: Bantam, 1987.
- Katsiaficas, George. The Imagination of the New Left: A Global Analysis of 1968. Boston, MA: South End Press, 1987.
- Miller, James. “Democracy is in the Streets: From Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1987.
- Sale, Kirkpatrick. SDS. New York: Random House, 1973.