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Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-1978

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A collection of essays spans the tumultuous decade from 1968, the year of the San Francisco State University strike, to 1978 and the twin traumas of the Jonestown massacre and the assassinations of mayor George Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk. This volume provides a broad look at the diverse ways these ten years shook the city of San Francisco and shaped the world we li ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by City Lights Foundation Books (first published June 1st 2011)
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An amazing, must-read book for newcomers to San Francisco. My favorite essays: "Mujeres Muralistas," "Filipino Americans in the Decade of the International Hotel," and "San Bruno Mountain."

"Asian-American identity was meant to be a means to an end rather than an end in itself. It was created as an organizing tool to mobilize Asians to participate in the progressive movements of the times. It was as much a mechanism to identify with one another as to identify with the struggles of others, whether
Dan Sharber
this book was ok. if you are from san francisco, have lived there or are thinking of moving there then check this book out. it will give you some vivid first hand accounts of some very important and often hidden history of the bay area. the known stories like the black panthers and harvey milk are there but do not dominate the book. instead you get to learn about the anti-eviction struggle at the international hotel, los siete de la raza and the jung sai garment workers. overall the stories are ...more
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"What did happen in the years following the storied 1960’s? Did political and social activism die away, move to the country, or get co-opted by the mainstream? Clearly not, as detailed in this new book of essays, edited by local community activist and historian, Chris Carlsson. Primarily first-person accounts, each chapter is chock full of stories from the front lines, written by participants who organized, agitated, and created social change in the city well into the 1970s and beyond. Currents ...more
Jenn Raley
Any new resident of San Francisco who is serious about staying in the City should read this book. These essays tell stories that were lived through at the time, but aren't part of the oral histories that San Franciscans often tell (unlike the 1989 earthquake, or trivia about 1906).

So much of what happened in the mid-60s to late-70s had a huge impact on what San Francisco has become in the early 21st century. The essays in this book explained a lot for me, especially the stories about the Fillmor
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learned a tremendous amount about San Francisco in that period of time. I found myself incredibly inspired by much of what I read, and was able to fill some important gaps in my own political understanding of San Francisco. Each of topics in this collection of essays was of great interest to me, but I found the quality to vary a great deal. Some were wonderfully written and a few really needed some editorial assistance. I also would have appreciated a more over ...more
Jack Stephens
Overall, this is a very good book on urban displacement and social movements in San Francisco during the 1970s with some of the essays delving into some background of the 1950s and earlier. The book has some very strong essays (especially about the Filmore, the Mission, and the garment strikes in Chinatown) and some pretty weak essays that merely amount to personal reflection rather then deep analysis.
Some great history in the form of short essays on numerous discrete lenses through which to view SF. The SF State student strike, Women muralists & the backstory to Precita Eyes, the Farm, and my favorite - San Bruno Mtn., my long-time jogging escape. I can't recommend the book based on the quality of the writing, but can (wholeheartedly) based on the importance of the topics to any San Franciscan.
A collection of essays, some really, really good, others acronym soup. The essays about the art and the music, with the color reproductions and photographs, are great. If the other topics are especially interesting to you, you might like those essays more than I did. Lots of San Francisco history here.
More academic and dry than I would have liked.
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Chris Carlsson, executive director of the multimedia history project "Shaping San Francisco" (, is a writer, publisher, editor and community organizer. He was a founder of the ground-breaking magazine Processed World, and helped launch the monthly bike-ins known as Critical Mass that have spread to five continents and over 300 cities. Carlsson has edited and authored numerous books, in ...more
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