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Monday 6pm to 8pm July 23rd at The Rhizome 47 west 3rd and commercial

Snacks at 5:30


By Michael Staudenmaier, with a Foreword by John H. Bracey, Jr.


/*"*This deeply researched, balanced, and remarkable history shows
how STO’s practice intersected with its ideas, not only in
relatively well-known campaigns attacking white-skin privilege but
in shopfloor organizing and anti-imperialist solidarity as
well."/—David Roediger, co-author, with Elizabeth Esch of /The
Production of Difference/

In the 1970s and 1980s, as the movements of the sixties receded from
view, the revolutionary left in the United States went through a series
of profound political, demographic, and cultural transformations as it
struggled to find its footing in a rapidly changing world. The
unorthodox political agenda of the Sojourner Truth Organization
represents a small but powerfully resonant thread running through this
arc of history. Drawing on detailed archival research and oral
interviews, Truth and Revolution skillfully combines social and
intellectual history approaches to shed light on both the theory and the
practice of STO. Perhaps most famous for its theoretical formulations of
white skin privilege, the group also developed a novel analysis of class
consciousness that reflected its commitment to an autonomist Marxism. In
all the major arenas of its work—factory organizing, anti-imperialist
solidarity, anti-nuclear and anti-fascist struggles, among many
others—STO combined a strategic assessment of the urgent tasks facing
an activist left with a theoretical sophistication that merits sustained
attention. Historian Michael Staudenmaier also includes a final chapter
linking the legacy of STO directly to the challenges facing twenty-first
century radicals.

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*Advance praise for /Truth and Revolution/:*

"Michael Staudenmaier has uncovered a crucial story of the New Left,
one that has escaped the attention of most scholars of the era. His
skilled prose and meticulous research critically honors this history
and draws lessons for us today.—*James Tracy*, co-author of
/Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels and Black Power:
Community Organizing in Radical Times/

"Wow! /Truth and Revolution/ is a guided tour of the worker
militancy, revolutionary nationalist upsurge, and new social
movement eruptions of the last forty years. Best of all Staudenmaier
breaks it all down for today’s social movements. /Truth and
Revolution/ is not to be missed."—*Dan Berger*, editor of /The
Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism/

"STO’s unflinching focus on calling out white supremacy in all its
manifestations is an important reminder for today. A must-read for
students of leftist politics, social movements and Chicago
history."—*Kari Lydersen*, author of /Revolt on Goose Island: The
Chicago Factory Takeover and What it Says about the Economic Crisis/

"Employing close readings of the STO’s publications and extensive
interviews with former members, Staudenmaier provides this most
intellectual of cadre organizations the carefully considered study
they deserve. A local history of Chicago and Midwestern radicalism
as well as a contribution to our knowledge of far left currents in
the 1970s and 1980s, /Truth and Revolution/ also provides critical
background on the profound critiques of whiteness articulated from
the 1990s on."—*Daniel Burton-Rose*, author of /Guerrilla USA: The
George Jackson Brigade and the Anticapitalist Underground of the 1970s/

"With his thoughtful, engaging reconstruction of the STO’s history,
Michael Staudenmaier provides a sympathetic but not uncritical
account of "an organization of revolutionaries who tried to think",
and in doing so engaged in practices and asked questions that still
resonate today."—*Steve Wright*, author of /Storming Heaven/

*About the author:*

*Michael Staudenmaier* is a veteran of anarchist, anti-imperialist, and
anti-fascist movements, and is now a doctoral candi