The famous 1962 Port Huron Statement by the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) introduced the concept of participatory democracy to popular discourse and practice. In Inspiring Participatory Democracy Tom Hayden, one of the principal architects of the statement, analyses its historical impact and relevance to today's movements. Inspiring Participatory Democracy includes the full transcript of the Port Huron statment and shows how it played an important role in the movements for black civil rights, against the Vietnam war and for the Freedom of Information Act. Published during the year of Port Huron's 50th anniversary, Inspiring Participatory Democracy will be of great interest to readers interested in social history, politics and social activism.
“The Port Huron Statement of Students for a Democratic Society is the most ambitious, the most
specific, and the most eloquent manifesto in the history of the American Left.”
—Michael Kazin, author, American Dreamers
“The Port Huron Statement is one of those historic documents which represents an era.”
“Tom Hayden and his colleagues forged a manifesto that still reverberates.”
—Sam Roberts, The New York Times, March 3, 2012