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This enlightening book offers a collection of histories of underground papers from the Vietnam Era as written and told by key staff members of the time. Their stories, building on those presented in Part 1, represent a wide range of publications: countercultural, gay, lesbian, feminist, Puerto Rican, Native American, Black, socialist, Southern consciousness, prisoners’ rights, New Age, rank-and-file, military, and more. Wachsberger notes that the underground press not only produced a few well-known papers but also was truly national and diverse in scope. His goal is to capture the essence of “the countercultural community.” This book will be a fundamental resource for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of a dramatic era in U.S. history, as well as offering a younger readership a glimpse into a generation of idealists who rose up to challenge and improve government and society.
About the Author
Ken Wachsberger is a long-time writer, editor, and author, as well as an early member, a book contract adviser, and a former national officer in the National Writers Union.
. . . an important project. That information needs to be available.—Country Joe McDonald, leader of Country Joe and the Fish
Let me say from the start that this is the most thorough and comprehensive book in print about the underground newspapers of the 1960s. Ken Wachsberger, the editor of the volume, sees the papers of the Vietnam Era as the forerunners of today‘s radical blogs and so he means his book to be relevant for the current generation and it is indeed greatly relevant to today . . .—Jonah Raskin, The Rag Blog
In an era when events linger in popular memory for increasingly smaller increments of time, Voices from the Underground serves us all by bringing back to life those rebel shouts and rants, as well as the thoughtful critiques and criticism that marked the 1960s and ’70s oppositional press. Without a World Wide Web or Internet to connect and inform those who refused the official version of events, it fell to the intrepid youth of that period to create a lively media that unraveled lies, put forth a vision, and gave a clenched fist and a raised middle finger to power.—Peter Werbe, Fifth Estate staff member since 1966; Detroit radio broadcaster and talk show host
Books such as Ken Wachsberger‘s Voices from the Underground are becoming increasingly important and valuable as more and more people become interested in 1960s and ’70s history. Michigan is a leader in preserving that history and making it accessible to future generations of scholars and activists. In my opinion, this series is a very worthwhile contribution to that effort.—Judy Gumbo Albert, feminist activist scholar and original Yippie