The 1970s: Finally Got the News!
Charles Williams interviews Brad Duncan
Duncan, Brad; Williams, Charleshttp://solidarity-us.org/atc/193/p5249/
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/03/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23294
Interview with Brad Duncan, editor of Finally Got the News: The Printed Legacy of the U.S. Radical Left, 1970-1979.
ATC: The book is organized around several themes encompassing the radical politics of the period, for instance anti-colonialism and the radical turn to the working class. How did you decide on the themes you ended up with?
BD: I think most of the themes were pretty self-evident because they're the core concepts that all of these groups talked about, right across the spectrum. We also included chapters that looked at specific events so that readers could see a cross-section of examples of how the radical Left related to national events. People could see what the Left did in practice.
The first idea that jumped into my head was the Boston busing crisis, because every left group published material on it and there was also considerable disagreement on the left.
We also did chapters on May Day, International Women's Day, and African Liberation Day because these were all annual events that virtually the entire Left related to in one way or another. So flyers for May Day or ALD are very useful for understanding how radical groups were developing, or for that matter collapsing, over the course of the decade.