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Outlaw Woman A Memoir of the War Years 1960-1975 by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Outlaw Woman A Memoir of the War Years 1960-1975 by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

If you've read Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie, you know why Dunbar-Ortiz earns the title of founder of the radical feminist movement. Poor, uneducated, and female, she wasn't the typical organizer. But that didn't stop her. 

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In 1968, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz became a founding member of the early women's liberation movement. Along with a small group of dedicated women, she produced the seminal journal series, No More Fun and Games. Her group, Cell 16 occupied the radical fringe of the growing movement, considered too outspoken and too outrageous by mainstream advocates for women's rights.

Dunbar-Ortiz was also a dedicated anti-war activist and organizer throughout the 1960s and 1970s. During the war years she was a fiery, indefatigable public speaker on issues of patriarchy, capitalism, imperialism, and racism. She worked in Cuba with the Venceremos Brigade, and formed associations with other revolutionaries across the spectrum of radical and underground politics, including the SDS, the Weather Underground, the Revolutionary Union, and the African National Congress. But unlike the majority of those in the New Left-young white men from solidly middle-class suburban families-Dunbar-Ortiz grew up poor, female, and part-Indian in rural Oklahoma, and she often found herself at odds not only with the ruling class but also with the Left and with the women's movement.

Dunbar-Ortiz's odyssey from dust-bowl poverty to the urban radical fringes of the New Left gives a working-class, feminist perspective on a time and a movement which forever changed American society.

"Roxanne Dunbar gives the lie to the myth that all New Left activists of the 60s and 70s were spoiled children of the suburban middle classes. Read this book to find out what are the roots of radicalism-anti-racist, pro-worker, feminist-for a child of working-class Okie background."-Mark Rudd, SDS, Columbia University strike leader

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a historian and professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at California State University, Hayward. She is the author of Red Dirt: Growing up OkieThe Great Sioux Nation, and Roots of Resistance, among other books.

 

If you've read Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie, you know why Dunbar-Ortiz earns the title of founder of the radical feminist movement. Poor, uneducated, and female, she wasn't the typical organizer. But that didn't stop her. She was everywhere—a part of the ground breaking journal No More Fun and Games,the Valerie Solanas defense campaign, the Cuban Venceremos Brigade, SDS, Weather Underground, African National Congress, American Indian Movement and much, much more. War, imperialism, racism...here's someone that did something about it. For everyone growing up in the backwoods of nowhere, read this and fight back. "The story, bold and honest, of Roxanne's extraordinary journey—political, ideological, personal—in and out of every important feminist and revolutionary movement of that remarkable time in American history. She illuminates all those experiences with unsparing scrutiny and emerges with a fierce, admirable independence." —Howard Zinn

 

 

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