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    A Large Archive of Manuscript Material by Abbie Hoffman, Much of it from His Autobiography, Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture

    Abbie Hoffman. Archive of Manuscript Material. [Various places, ca. 1970s - 1980s]. An excellent and interesting archive of more than three hundred pages of typescript (many with ink corrections and notes by Hoffman), and a few dozen pages of manuscript, as well as hundreds of pages of photocopies of typescript from various projects by Hoffman, including Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture (G. P. Putnam, 1980) and an apparent earlier version of that work entitled Free A Radical American Romance. Much of the photocopied material is from various magazine articles written by Hoffman. The typescripts and photocopies are mostly on plain white 8.5 x 11 inch paper, and most of the autograph material is on larger (12.5 x 8.5) yellow lined paper. With the usual wear and staining associated with working manuscript material. Overall, a fine archive that provides an excellent insight to Hoffman's life and politics, reflected through the lens of his passion and sense of humor. It is highly likely that at least part of this manuscript archive was written while Hoffman was a fugitive.

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    Abbot Howard "Abbie" Hoffman (1936-1989) was one of the most vocal and active members of the American counterculture in the 1960's to the 1980's, and the founder of the Youth International Party (generally known as the "Yippies"). He was tried as one of the "Chicago Eight" defendants who were charged with conspiracy and inciting to riot for their anti-Vietnam War protest during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Although convicted for inciting to riot (the conspiracy charges against all defendants were dropped), the convictions were later overturned by the Seventh Court of Appeals who ruled that the riot had been a "police riot". Hoffman would continue to agitate against what he perceived as government intrusion into the rights of the people up until his death by apparent suicide in 1989.

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