Guerrilla USA: The George Jackson Brigade and the Anticapitalist Underground of the 1970s

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by Daniel Burton-Rose

University of California Press

2010

SKU: 9780520264298

 

"We are cozy cuddly/armed and dangerous/and we will/raze the fucking prisons/to the ground."

In an attempt to deliver on this promise, the George Jackson Brigade launched a violent three-year campaign in the mid-1970s against corporate and state institutions in the Pacific Northwest. This campaign, conceived by a group of blacks and whites, both straight and gay, claimed fourteen bombings, as many bank robberies, and a jailbreak. Drawing on extensive interviews with surviving members of the George Jackson Brigade, Guerrilla USA provides an inside-out perspective on the social movements of the 1970s, revealing the whole era in a new and more complex light. It is also a compelling exploration of the true nature of crime and a provocative meditation on the tension between self-restraint and anger in the process of social change.