Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times

by Amy Sonnie and James Tracy | History, Biography, Autobiography, Science, Technology

ISBN: 9781935554660 | BUY HERE

Amy Sonnie and James Tracy give you an excellent summary of organizing in the 1960s and early ’70s among the working-class white population of Chicago. Mainly centered on the Uptown-based Young Patriots, who formed the original Rainbow Coalition with the Black Panthers and Young Lords.

You’ll learn about their breakfast program, modeled after the Black Panthers’, and struggles unique to their community. Read this book before concluding that white votes for the late Mayor Harold Washington came almost exclusively from young, affluent white-collar voters.

Jerry Pendergast was a former book seller at our former Glenview bookstore, The Book Market. He is a published author and hosts an Open Reading series first Saturday afternoons at the Albany Park Branch of the Chicago Public Library. Jerry, who is married with two sons, grew up on the Mid North side of Chicago.