The Symbionese Liberation Army and Patricia Hearst, Queen of the Revolution

The Symbionese Liberation Army and Patricia Hearst, Queen of the Revolution

by Gregory Cumming

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Overview

The Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), as it existed originally, endured for a brief 192 days. It formed in the months leading up to November 1973 in Oakland, California. In concentrating their activities around the Berkeley area, the SLA had hoped to recapture the excitement and passion of the protest movements of the 1960s.

Patricia Hearst’s actions suggests she became a willing participant in the SLA after her kidnapping. Her transformation into “Tania,” the urban guerilla, left the country in shock. Unlike any group before or after, the SLA had unlimited access to the media. The world watched in horror and amazement as the SLA continued to wreak havoc and outmaneuver the FBI time and time again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942279242
Publisher: Great Oak Press
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 719,238
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Gregory Cumming obtained his B.A. (1986) in history at the University of LaVerne and M.A. (1988) and Ph.D. (2010) in history at the University of California, Riverside. In 1989, Dr. Cumming joined the staff of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California as an archivist. In 2003, Dr. Cumming served as the Director of Archives Programs at the Richard Nixon Library. In 2006, he re-joined the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) as the Supervisory Archivist of the new federal Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and currently serves as the Staff Historian. Dr. Cumming also serves as a Senior Adjunct Professor at the University of LaVerne where he has taught since 2005.

Table of Contents

List Of Figures vii

Acknowledgments ix

Cast Of Characters xi

Timeline xv

Introduction: Setting The Stage 1

1 The Berkeley "Patriots" 9

2 Cinque Mtume 17

3 The Launch 25

4 Thero Wheeler 31

5 The Assassination 37

6 Triumph To Turmoil 45

7 The Kidnapping 53

8 The Media 67

9 The FBI 71

10 The SLA: From Captors To Comrades 81

11 Tania, Queen Of The Revolution 87

12 Road To Purgatory 101

13 Heading East 121

14 Coming Home 135

15 End of An Era 157

Notes 163

Bibliography 187

Index 195

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