Ravens in the Storm: A Personal History of the 1960s Anti-War Movement

Ravens in the Storm: A Personal History of the 1960s Anti-War MovementIn 1964, Carl Oglesby, A Young Copywriter For A Michigan Based Defense Contractor, Was Asked By A Local Democratic Congressman To Draft A Campaign Paper On The Vietnam War Oglesby S Report Argued That The Conflict Was Misplaced And Unwinnable He Had Little Idea That Its Subsequent Publication Would Put Him On A Fast Track To Becoming The President Of The Now Legendary Protest Movement Students For A Democratic Society SDS In This Book, Oglesby Shares The Triumphs And Tribulations Of An Organization That Burgeoned Across America, Only To Collapse In The Face Of Surveillance By The U.S Government And Infighting.As An SDS Leader, Oglesby Spoke On The Same Platform As Coretta Scott King And Benjamin Spock At The Storied 1965 Antiwar Demonstration In Washington, D.C He Traveled To War Ravaged Vietnam And To The International War Crimes Tribunal In Scandinavia, Where He Met With Jean Paul Sartre And Simone De Beauvoir He Helped Initiate The Venceremos Brigade, Which Dispatched Thousands Of American Students To Bring In The Cuban Sugar Harvest He Reluctantly Participated In The Protest Outside The 1968 Democratic National Convention And Was A Witness For The Defense At The Trial Of The Chicago Seven The Following Year Eventually, After Extensive Battles With Those In SDS Who Saw Its Future As A Vanguard Guerrilla Group Than As An Open Mass Movement, Oglesby Was Drummed Out Of The Organization Shortly After, It Collapsed When Key Members Of Its Leadership Quit To Set Up The Weather Underground.This Beautifully Written And Elegiac Memoir Is Rich In Contemporary Echoes As America Once Again Must Come To Terms With An Ill Conceived Military Adventure Abroad Carl Oglesby Warns Of The Destructive Frustrations Of A Peace Campaign Unable To Achieve Its Goals But Above All, He Captures The Joyful Liberation Of Joining Together To Take A Stand For What Is Right And Just The Soaring And Swooping Of A Protest Movement In Full Flight, Like Ravens In A Storm. Carl Oglesby, former high level security worker for a defense contractor turned SDS President, writes a personal view of SDS and the movement against the Vietnam War that is insightful, amusing, and cutting However, Oglesby has a clear bias and it s hard to know how much of his account which is largely based on his memory of various heated conversations is completely fair or accurate Also, Oglesby s account ends up being depressing than inspiring, as he falls into some pessimism about the prospects for movement building, largely based on his experience of SDS cannibalizing itself.Worth reading though, mostly because it s a quick and interesting read that cuts through a lot of bullshit about the romantic 60s, and hits the reality of war and social change with simple and rough words.Oglesby reviews his rise to power in SDS straight out of working for Bendix Corporation, and how years later this fact was used by the RYM Weatherman faction to create suspicion and have him expelled from SDS National Council not Marxist Leninist
I had heard about Carl Oglesby, I had read a lot about The Weathermen Underground and the SDS But, I had never delved deeply into Oglesby s politics This man is right on point Reading this is like taking a walk straight into his head and what a great place to be. excellent thought provoking memoir by the man who was possibly the best leader of SDS. Ravens in the Storm A Personal History of the 1960 s Antiwar Movement by Carl Oglesby Scribner 2008 DS559.62 Carl Oglesby was working for a defense contractor in the early 1960 s He wrote a political position paper at the request of a local candidate for office which led him to the position of president of the Students For Democratic Society, or the SDS, as it was known on campuses across the country At the time of its creation, it was one of the largest and most influential political protest organizations in the country Carl Ogelsby was there for most of the main protests of the 1960 s He once shared a platform with the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr He eventually was forced out of the SDS by a rival faction, but then the SDS suddenly lost most of its power and influence when its leadership resigned en masse to create a proactive and reactive poli
Carl Oglesby is probably open of the few antiwar leaders of the 1960 s I feel any true empathy with besides David Harris This book is an eye opener What is particularly galling besides the fact that Nixon and Kissinger never paid for their carnage was that Bernadine Dohrn never took any real heat, either As Oglesby said, she existed in a state of a willful ignorance of history The Weathermen wanted to bring the full force of Nixon s minions down upon themselves and by extension, the entire decent population of 60 s 70 s counterculture With her jiveass Marxism speaking Marxese and bloody minded obsession with making terror an instrument of the antiwar left she did to screw things up than she could ever have put right And since Oglesby was a contemporary intimate of hers, the conversations he records with her are the best indictment of her fascist personality I ve yet encountered And she WAS a fascist Look The problem for any of us sincere war resisters was ANYONE with a gun An
The 1960s Anti War movement is something that s always been vaguely of interest to me but I ve never seriously studied it, so I picked up this book as an introduction to the history.That was a mistake on my part, because it s not a history as the title indicates, it s a personal history, or a memoir, of Carl Oglesby s involvement in the SDS Oglesby started out as a technical writer editor for a defense subcontractor, got vaguely involved in politics by a circuitous route, and subsequently discovered through research that the Vietnam war was a really, really dumb idea The ravens in the title refer to Oglesby s characterization of himself, and others, as neither a hawk nor a dove not a pacifist for the sake of pacifism, but opposed to stupid and unwinnable wars Oglesby eventually found himself elected president of the Students for a Democratic Society, writing and delivering anti war speeches, staging nonviolent protests, traveling to Vietnam and Cuba, and trying to bring moderates and even conservatives into the movement This, as the movement was radicalizing itsel
I picked up Ravens at the library on the strength of its cover and didn t managed to put down An enthralling memoir of the late 1960s and early 1970s I learned so much history reading this book of people and events that I had heard of but didn t know in detail, or didn t know were contemporary I now intend to pick up some of the other books Oglesby suggests.The book is not perfect for one, as with all autobiographical works, I d be interested to hear whether the people who appear in the book feel it s faithful to events For another, it s occasionally repetitive, to the point that entire sentences were somehow transplanted wholesale to the third part of the book Each chapter is organized chronologically, but the book as a whole jumps back and forth a bit, which can get confusing This would be justifiable if the theme of each chapter was tighter.But don t let my nitpicks get in th
Insofar as this is a firsthand account of grassroots activism on behalf of peace and social justice, it s invaluable Unfortunately, Oglesby comes off as an insufferable tool, even in his own book Too much of this account is boring and irritating self justification, so that the truly engaging bits, relating the turmoil of the age and the struggle for change it entailed, are mere sid
A couple of minor editorial slips reminded me that Oglesby can be an unreliable narrator For example, he called Eugene McCarthy the Wisconsin Senator Well, Joe McCarthy was from Wisconsin Gene was from some place further west, Minnesota maybe It s a good
Interesting story The book starts out very well, but by the middle Oglesby begins to sound redundant The final chapters border on preaching However, a good description of the 1960 s and the anti war movement.

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  • cloth
  • 352 pages
  • Ravens in the Storm: A Personal History of the 1960s Anti-War Movement
  • Carl Oglesby
  • English
  • 25 September 2017
  • 9781416547365