"THE MOST INFLUENTIAL POLITICIAN TO COME OUT OF THE NEW LEFT": FIRST EDITION OF REVOLUTION IN MISSISSIPPI, 1962, SIGNED BY TOM HAYDEN
(MOSES, Robert) HAYDEN, TOM. Revolution in Mississippi. Special Report. (New York): Students for a Democratic Society, (1962). Slim octavo, original pictorial self-wrappers, staple-bound as issued; pp. 28.
First edition of Hayden's important coverage of early 1960s Mississippi Freedom Riders, signed and dated by him on the front wrapper, "Tom Hayden 2004."
Hayden, who died in 2006, was a freelance journalist and field representative for SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) when he "joined the Freedom Riders on interstate buses in the South in 1961." After he was arrested with other Freedom Riders, he began working on a "jailhouse draft that became the 25,000-word" Port Huron Statement, adopted by the SDS in 1962 (New York Times). Hayden was arrested during the Chicago Democratic National convention and put on trial for inciting to riot and conspiracy in the Chicago Seven Trial. In 1982 he was elected to the California legislature, where he served for nearly two decades, a period that included his marriage to actress Jane Fonda. To historian Todd Gitlin, Hayden was "the most influential politician to come out of the New Left" (Washington Post). Revolution in Mississippi features Hayden's on-the-ground reportage of SNCC's voter registration drive in McComb, Mississippi, the violent attacks on Black leader Robert Moses, journalists and others, and Hayden's detailed timeline of the events.
A fine copy.