May Flowers

[Underground Press Syndicate?]. First Edition. Elusive "tactical manual" for the 1971 MayDay March on Washington. Contents include maps of the city with instructions for key blockade points, accompanied by complex marching orders and political statements from diverse coalition members including Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Gay Mayday Tribe, SCLC, and the United Farm Workers. We have encountered this "May Flowers" publication both individually and as an insert in various contemporary Underground Press Syndicate (UPS)-affiliated newspapers, and we suspect it was distributed by UPS to its associates One of the largest and least successful acts of civil disobedience in modern American history, called by one observer (Mary McGrory of the Boston Globe): "... the worst planned, worst executed, most slovenly, strident and obnoxious peace action ever committed." Of the upwards of 25,000 estimated participants, an astounding 13,500 were arrested before the protest even began. For most contemporary observers, this event (and not the dissolution of SDS two years earlier) marked the real "End of the Sixties." [N.p., s.i., 1971]. Tabloid (44cm x 29cm, folded to 22 x 29cm). 16pp, on newsprint. Original horizontal fold; small losses at margins; newsprint slightly tanned, with brief splits at folds - Very Good. Printed throughout in different color inks; centerfold is a large (44cm x 58cm) poster. Cover artwork signed "Greg Moore," but remaining texts and artworks unsigned.

Price: $75.00