Conspiracy in the Streets: The Extraordinary Trial of the Chicago Seven

Conspiracy in the Streets: The Extraordinary Trial of the Chicago Seven

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THE TRIAL THAT IS NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

Reprinted to coincide with the release of the new Aaron Sorkin film, this book provides the political background of this infamous trial, narrating the utter craziness of the courtroom and revealing both the humorous antics and the serious politics involved

Opening at the end of 1969--a politically charged year at the beginning of Nixon's presidency and at the height of the anti-war movement--the Trial of the Chicago Seven (which started out as the Chicago Eight) brought together Yippies, antiwar activists, and Black Panthers to face conspiracy charges following massive protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, protests which continue to have remarkable contemporary resonance.

The defendants--Rennie Davis, Dave Dellinger, John Froines, Tom Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Bobby Seale (the co-founder of the Black Panther Party who was ultimately removed from the trial, making it seven and not eight who were on trial), and Lee Weiner--openly lampooned the proceedings, blowing kisses to the jury, wearing their own judicial robes, and bringing a Viet Cong flag into the courtroom. Eventually the judge ordered Seale to be bound and gagged for insisting on representing himself. Adding to the theater in the courtroom an array of celebrity witnesses appeared, among them Timothy Leary, Norman Mailer, Arlo Guthrie, Judy Collins, and Allen Ginsberg (who provoked the prosecution by chanting "Om" on the witness stand).

This book combines an abridged transcript of the trial with astute commentary by historian and journalist Jon Wiener, and brings to vivid life an extraordinary event which, like Woodstock, came to epitomize the late 1960s and the cause for free speech and the right to protest--causes that are very much alive a half century later. As Wiener writes, "At the end of the sixties, it seemed that all the conflicts in America were distilled and then acted out in the courtroom of the Chicago Conspiracy trial."

An afterword by the late Tom Hayden examines the trial's ongoing relevance, and drawings by Jules Feiffer help recreate the electrifying atmosphere of the courtroom.

Title:Conspiracy in the Streets: The Extraordinary Trial of the Chicago Seven
ISBN:9781620976715
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  • Paul Bryant

    As America went up in flames in 1968 young people descended on the Democratic Convention in Chicago in August to protest against the Vietnam War. It turned into several days of riots, police onslaught...

  • Tyler

    If you watched The Trial of The Chicago Seven on Netflix you’ve got to read this. It’s hard to believe but they toned down the trial in the movie. I couldn’t put it down....

  • Jason

    In my occupation, I spend a significant amount of time in the courtroom. Granted, this is family court and not criminal. I could not believe that some of this stuff actually went on inside of a courtr...

  • Sara Batkie

    Unsurprisingly, the liberties Sorkin took with his film were extremely squishy and in some cases a little gross (spoiler alert: there was no undercover lady cop who tried to seduce Jerry Rubin). He al...

  • Matt

    The prologue and epilogue are very good at setting the political context for this trial, and the text itself does an excellent job of narrating both the inanity of the proceedings and the humor and sp...

  • Glen

    I won this book in a goodreads drawing.Extremely slanted history of the Chicago Eight....

  • Gerry Sacco

    Really something else. Have to read it to believe it.Very easy read as well, went fairly quick....

  • Viola

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/01/...JANUARY 4, 2021 The Real Chicago 8 Movie: R.G. Davis Gets it Right BY JONAH RASKINIn January 1970, R.G. Davis, the founder of the San Francisco Mime Troupe and ...

  • Paige

    Gives so much information about not only the trial but the defendants and what was going on, it’s so good I cried at parts and am now excited to read the BIG transcript lol ...

  • Morgan Barnard

    I think this was very well put together. I loved the film that was based on these events and wanted to do more reading to become more educated on the topic, the workings of our court system (though th...