AN American Radical: A Political Prisoner in My Own Country

AN American Radical: A Political Prisoner in My Own Country

Susan Rosenberg


On a November evening in 1984, Susan Rosenberg sat within the passenger seat of a U-Haul because it swerved alongside the hot Jersey Turnpike. on the wheel was once a fellow political activist. within the again have been 740 kilos of dynamite and diverse weapons. That evening I nonetheless believed with all my middle that what Che Guevara had stated approximately revolutionaries being stimulated via love was once actual. I additionally believed that our executive governed the realm via strength and that it used to be essential to oppose it with strength. Raised on ny City's top West facet, Rosenberg have been politically lively for the reason that highschool, fascinated about the black liberation move and protesting repressive U.S. rules around the globe and the following at domestic. At twenty-nine, she was once at the FBI's such a lot sought after checklist. whereas unloading the U-Haul at a garage facility, Rosenberg used to be arrested and sentenced to an remarkable fifty eight years for ownership of guns and explosives. i couldn't see the lengthy distance I had traveled from my dedication to justice and equality to stockpiling weapons and dynamite. on the grounds that could take years. Rosenberg served 16 years in many of the worst maximum-security prisons within the usa ahead of being pardoned by means of President Clinton as he left place of work in 2001. Now, in a narrative that's either a robust memoir and a profound indictment of the U.S. felony method, Rosenberg recounts her trip from the impassioned idealism of the Sixties to lifestyles as a political prisoner in her personal kingdom, subjected to dehumanizing remedy, but touched by means of moments of grace and cohesion. Candid and eloquent, An American Radical unearths the lady at the back of the controversy--and displays America's turbulent coming-of-age over the last part century.

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