Students for a Democratic Society

A Graphic History

By Harvey Pekar; Paul Buhle (Editor); Gary Dumm (Illustrator)
(Hill & Wang, Hardcover, 9780809095391, 214pp.)

Publication Date: January 8, 2008

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The History of SDS as You've Never Seen It Before
In 1962 at a United Auto Workers' camp in Michigan, Students for a Democratic Society held its historic convention and prepared the famous Port Huron Statement, drafted by Tom Hayden. This statement, criticizing the U.S. government's failure to pursue international peace or address domestic inequality, became the organization's manifesto. Its last convention was held in 1969 in Chicago, where, collapsing under the weight of its notoriety and popularity, it shattered into myriad factions. Through brilliant art and they were-there dialogue, famed graphic novelist Harvey Pekar, gifted artist Gary Dumm, and renowned historian Paul Buhle illustrate the tumultuous decade that first defined and then was defined by the men and women who gathered under the SDS banner. "Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History" captures the idealism and activism that drove a generation of young Americans to believe that even one person's actions can help transform the world.

About the Author
Harvey Pekar (1939-2010) was a comic book writer and author of the autobiographical American Splendor series, which was adapted into an Academy Award nominated film. Pekar was also a prolific jazz and book critic.

Paul Buhle is Lecturer in the American Civilization Department at Brown University and coauthor of "Tender Comrades: A Backstory of the Hollywood Blacklist "(1997). Dave Wagner is the former political editor of the "Arizona Republic. "He has written on film for "Cineaste "and "Filmhaeftet "(Stockholm).

Gary Dumm, a comic artist and long-time collaborator with the late Harvey Pekar, drew large portions of" Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History", and has contributed widely to other comic art anthologies.
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