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Visiting Revolutionaries (3) Swords in the Hands of Children

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Calling all members of the Weather Underground and Yippies: Visiting Revolutionaries #3 is coming April 30th:

Come hear Jonathan Lerner talk about his book Swords in the Hands of Children: Reflections of an American Revolutionary, a must read for anyone — young or old — inclined to see Weatherman as right on, or badass, or as pioneers of a form of political struggle useful for the United States’s future.

Lerner was there. He now sees the weather very differently. And he wants you to know how and why, no matter his risk of embarrassment or of being judged a turncoat...Lerner’s book is his effort to claim responsibility, against the headwinds of a powerful Weather myth that still blows through the United States’s radical culture.
— Jeremy Varon, Los Angeles Review of Books

“Imagine if your favorite uncle, a brutally honest, worldly, self-reflective gay raconteur, had been, as a twenty year-old, a lieutenant in an underground guerrilla army dedicated to the violent overthrow of the government of the United States. Jonathan Lerner is that favorite uncle you never had, telling unbelievable true stories—no bullshit—from the 'revolution' fifty years ago. This is the closest you'll ever get to being there.” —Mark Rudd, national secretary of SDS, founding member of the Weather Underground and author of Underground: My Life with SDS and the Weathermen

Essential reading for progressives struggling with how to act and survive in the Age of Trump. Against the vividly evoked chaos and conflicts of the Vietnam Era, Lerner probes the impulses that led a small group of educated, privileged young Americans to turn to violence as a means of political change. Beyond that, he tells the true story of an intellectually adventurous but insecure gay man immersed in the macho, misogynistic and physically confrontational environment of the Weathermen.

Visiting Revolutionaries is coordinated in conjunction with Yale’s graduate seminar "1968 @ 50: Art, Architecture, and Cultures of Protest” taught by Kevin Repp, Craig Buckley, and Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen.

Learn more on the Postwar Culture Portal at https://www.postwarcultureatbeinecke.org