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A Hard Rain Fell: SDS and Why it Failed

David Barber


By the spring of 1969, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) had reached its zenith as the largest, most radical movement of white youth in American history—a genuine New Left. Yet less than a year later, SDS splintered into warring factions and ceased to exist. Its development and its dissolution grew directly out of the organization’s relations with the black freedom movement, the movement against the Vietnam War, and the newly emerging struggle for women’s liberation. For a moment, young white people could comprehend their world in new and revolutionary ways. But New Leftists did not resp ... More

Keywords: SDS, New Left, black freedom movement, Vietnam War, women's liberation, race, sex, empire, white youth, American history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781934110171
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781934110171.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Barber, author