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Truth and Revolution: A History of the Sojourner Truth Organization, 1969-1986

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Founded in Chicago in 1969 from the rubble of the recently crumbled SDS, the Sojourner Truth Organization (STO) brought working-class consciousness to the forefront of New Left discourse, sending radicals back into the factories and thinking through the integration of radical politics into everyday realities. Through the influence of founding members like Noel Ignatiev and ...more
Paperback, 387 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by AK Press (first published May 15th 2012)
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Kyle
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
i started reading this a few years ago and stopped after a couple chapters, once the book moved past sto's workplace organizing days into its anti-imperialist solidarity period. re reading it i still skimmed most of the chapters where the organizations activity involved printing leaflets and attending protests, but i managed to finish it this time.

no 70s left group succeeded in their aims or laid down much of a stable base for future generations of radicals- sto included. what separates sto fro
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Dan Sharber
this was one of the best movement/org histories i have read. it was thorough and well written and was not just a recount of events or even the groups theoretical contributions but also a political assessment of both their work and their legacy. sto was a peculiar organization in a lot of ways. further, there are tons of lessons in here for modern revolutionaries on a lot of pertinent issues. i highly recommend this book.
James Tracy
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you have been involved with progressive or radical politics in the past 20 years, you may have been influenced by Sojourner Truth Organization, without knowing it! STO was a small national left group known for advancing the "white blind spot" as the fatal flaw in US social movements. They didn't just sit around and talk theory--the organized in factories as well. Very well written.
Bree
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Probably one of the best books focusing on contemporary American radicalism I've ever read. Ok, now time to read it again and take notes for a future reading group!
Kevin Meter
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Revolutionary organizations are not “structures”, nor “categories”, but rather “something, which in fact happens (and can be shown to have happened) in human relationships.” While E.P. Thompson is describing class here in the preface of his potent and enduring Making of the English Working Class, we can assert that it is the micropolitical affects and flows that in turn construct revolutionary organizations. And so the task of Michael Staudenmaier in the boo
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Matthew Antosh
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Truth and Revolution: A History of the Sojourner Truth Organization is an alright book. Maybe I came into it with higher expectations thanks to the glowing recommendations of friends, but I wasn't terribly impressed with it.

The book can be summed up this way: The Sojourner truth Organization, emerging out of the student movement in the 60s, did some interesting practical and theoretical work on workplace organizing, workers autonomy and white skin privilege. Then they stopped practical workplac
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Crckt
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
started (fairly) strong, at least the back story and the knowledge of the organizing work being done was fresh. learning about noel ignatiev's earliest days and political evolution have been interesting and insightful. the analysis of white skin privilege as introduced by the STO. continue to be part of the prevailing discourse on the topic. but on the real, shit is boring. not just the day to day producing conflicting pamphlets to distro on the factory floor. but this writing style is dry, like ...more
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