New York: Union Square Press, 1974. First Edition, First Printing. Oblong Octavo. (21cm. x 13.5cm) 125pp. ills. Red cardstock wrappers. Black titles and symbol inside thin black rectangle on front wrapper. Name of publisher on verso. Light color transfer splotches to the first few pages, not affecting text. Otherwise, clean and tight. Fine. Item #233
By 1970, the Weatherpeople had all but disappeared. After being aggressively pursued by the FBI for staging riots and a string of high profile bombings since their founding in 1969, those Weatherpeople not already arrested, vanished from society. This book is a selection of articles originally published in underground newspapers. The first article (1970) begins with the Weather Underground's proclaimed, "Declaration of War" on American imperialism. Originally founded at the University of Michigan, the Weather Underground proclaimed themselves a far-left militant, white fighting force aligned with the Black Liberation Movement. Embracing communist ideologies, members used violence to oppose the Vietnam War and condemn what they believed to be a racist society by frequently staging riots as they did in 1969 to protest the trial of the Chicago Seven. By the 1980s, after a bombing campaign that included government buildings and banks, concluded in American outlaw style with a botched armored car robbery. The Weather Underground, labeled a domestic terrorist ground by the FBI, was considered finished and dissolved. Editor, Jonah Raskin, is an American journalist, once embedded with the organization and ex-husband of one of the original members of the Weather Underground, Eleanor Raskin. This book is a rare survivor of a radical past.