A Radical Line: From the Labor Movement to the Weather Underground, One Family's Century of Conscience

A Radical Line From the Labor Movement to the Weather Underground One Family s Century of Conscience In this elegant family history journalist Thai Jones traces the past century of American radical politics through the extraordinary exploits of his own family Born in the late s to fugitive leade

In this elegant family history, journalist Thai Jones traces the past century of American radical politics through the extraordinary exploits of his own family Born in the late 1970s to fugitive leaders of the Weather Underground and grandson of Communists, spiritual pacifists, and civil rights agitators, Jones grew up an heir to an American tradition of resistance Yet rIn this elegant family history, journalist Thai Jones traces the past century of American radical politics through the extraordinary exploits of his own family Born in the late 1970s to fugitive leaders of the Weather Underground and grandson of Communists, spiritual pacifists, and civil rights agitators, Jones grew up an heir to an American tradition of resistance Yet rather than partake of it, he took it upon himself to document it The result is a book of extraordinary reporting and narrative The dramatic saga of A Radical Line begins in 1913, when Jones s maternal grandmother was born, and ends in 1981, when a score of heavily armed government agents from the Joint Anti Terrorism Task Force stormed into four year old Thai s home and took his parents away in handcuffs In between, Jones takes us on a journey from the turn of the century western frontier to the tenements of melting pot Brooklyn, through the Great Depression, the era of McCarthyism, and the Age of Aquarius Jones s paternal grandfather, Albert Jones, committed himself to pacifism during the 1930s and refused to fight in World War II The author s maternal grandfather, Arthur Stein, was a member of the Communist Party during the 1950s and refused to collaborate with the House Un American Activities Committee His maternal grandmother, Annie Stein, worked closely with civil rights legends Mary Church Terrell and Ella Baker to desegregate insti

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  1. For those who lived through the 1960s and 1970s and were politically active in some fashion the slogan then was there s no such thing as apolitical , the promise and potential of that period is hard to reconcile with what actually carried forward without some profound sense of sadness Thai Jones, son of Weather Underground activists, and grandson of political radicals on both sides of his family, is in a unique position to tell that story He does so brilliantly and descriptively, so that even th [...]


  2. oooh, another book i really liked thai jones is the child of eleanor stein jeff jones, two members of the weather underground less a memoir than his own family history, he goes all the way back to the early 1900s when his grandmother was born charts his family s history of political involvement, culminating in 1981 when the FBI busted into his house when he was four years old arrested his parents i have a weird fascination with family histories in general, maybe because i really don t know a who [...]


  3. Good summary of the development of the Left in America through following the author s family His father is Jeff Jones, one of the main leaders of the Weather Underground, his mother was in the WU as well, and partipated in the student occupation of Columbia, while his maternal grandparents were in the CP the labor movement in the 20s 30s, his maternal grandmother was in the movement to desegregate lunch counter in DC in the 40s I didn t even know there was a desegregation movement that early on [...]


  4. This book about the families of Jeff Jones and Eleanor Stein, founders of the Weathermen and Weather Underground was recommended to me by a mutual friend of mine and Jeff s Even amazing, his bodyguard when he had to go underground was a classmate of Richard s at Williams This was very interesting reading and a good history lesson to boot Jeff Jones was finally kicked out of the Weathermen when he refused to hurt people It was his idea to bomb only symbols of American imperialism, and only with [...]


  5. Jeff Jones and Eleanor Raskin were 2 of the most involved members of the Weather Underground Both of their families had a long history of involvement in radical activities This is the story of their family as told by their son, who was just 4 years old when the FBI came and took mommy and daddy, who had been underground and on the run for years He had never known their real names until then, or even his own Now he knows the whole story of where he came from, and it s a highly entertaining story, [...]


  6. Thai Jones was 4 year old when his parents, two members of the Weather Underground were arrested during a raid on their Bronx apartment Jones writes a beautiful memoir tracing his family s history in radical organizing and subversive tactics, from his grandparents involvement from the New Deal to McCarthyism and his parents involvement and leadership with SDS and the Weather Underground.



  7. Beautifully written first book, part family memoir, part cultural, political history Written by Jjonah s first cousin about his parents grandparents, former radicals Fun read.



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