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By B. Slonecker

This booklet examines the underground Liberation information provider and the commune Montague Farm to track the evolution of the hot Left after 1968. within the strategy, it extends the chronological breadth of the lengthy Sixties, rethinks the connection among political and cultural radicalism, and explores the relationships among diversified social activities.

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62 For the past year Mungo had devoted himself to advancing the Movement underground. But he had also arrived in Washington with his eyes on a one-hundredacre farm in southern Vermont. Mungo had set those plans aside as LNS expanded. But he soon resented that his personal enlightenment had been sacrificed to the Movement. Once tiresome office tasks mounted, Mungo turned his eyes back to rural retreatism. Mungo and Porche soon scraped together enough money for a deposit on a ten-year mortgage to purchase the pristine land at Packer Corners Farm that Mungo had been coveting for almost a year.

Nearly two weeks later, packet 72 arrived with a note to LNS subscribers that perhaps aroused mild concern: “There are many dozens of you . . who have not responded to the bill. Our situation remains critical. We also need manpower: secretaries, typists, clerks, editors, writers, and a new printer. ”23 The Express Times had paid its bill, however, and the distant location of its San Francisco office precluded anybody packing up to help fill LNS’s need for extra staff. Express Times staffers continued to work as usual.

But the editors eagerly awaited the arrival of each packet. 22 Had they been reading the packets carefully enough, they would have accumulated troubling clues about the cracks that formed at LNS during the spring and summer of 1968. How did the LNS split unfold from that perspective? “HE L L O, GO O D B Y E”: TH E LNS SP L I T 37 Packet 69 arrived in late April and contained a brief mention of LNS opening a New York bureau, a seemingly innocuous development. Packet 70 arrived a week later with a blow-by-blow account of the Columbia University protest.

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