Brooklyn, New York: Communications Co., 1974. Early Printing. Quarto, publisher's stiff red paper wraps printed in black.
Early printing of the radical group Weather Underground Organization’s (WUO) manifesto calling for the need “to disrupt the empire...to incapacitate it, to put pressure on the cracks” and urging people to never "dissociate mass struggle from revolutionary violence.” WUO’s leading members–Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Jeff Jones, and Celia Sojourn–collaborated on writing, publishing, and distributing Prairie Fire, taking its name from a quote by Mao Zedong "a single spark can set a prairie fire.” The group was originally formed as an offshoot of Students for a Democratic Society in 1969, and shortly thereafter the FBI declared the underground organization a domestic terrorist group; WUO planned the Days of Rage protests to coincide with the trail of the Chicago Seven in 1969, helped jailbreak Timothy Leary in 1970, issued a "Declaration of a State of War" against the US government, and conducted a bombing campaign throughout the early 70s targeting government buildings and banks. After years of underground and guerrilla action, Prairie Fire outlined WUO’s shift in strategy to call for the formation of both mass and clandestine organizations. This would allow the group to align themselves with a far larger mass following while still advocating for violent revolution, though it eventually caused divisions within the organization. Early printing, copyright page states that this edition is a copy of the original, $1.50 on upper wrap, no text on spine. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photos and reproductions. Lightest sunning to spine, shallow crease to upper corner, small chip to spine tail. Near fine. Item #5706