Haynie edits memoir of ‘New Left’ father

Memoir of the New Left: the Political Autobiography of Charles A. Haynie is a new book edited by UW-Green Bay Prof. Aeron Haynie, Humanistic Studies, co-edited by Timothy S. Miller and published by the University of Tennessee Press. The book has won accolades for offering a rare look into the development of a great social movement through the quietly dramatic experiences of a rank-and-file member of that movement. Charles Haynie, who died in 2001, began his life’s work as an activist and organizer while at Cornell University and had a political awakening during the early antinuclear movement in the late 1950s. In the early 1960s, he was field director for a voter registration project in Tennessee and was a Freedom Rider promoting integration and risking arrest throughout the segregated south. He was active in the antiwar movement, taught at the University of Buffalo, and eventually ran for, and won, a Common Council seat in Buffalo, N.Y., where he was known for social justice issues. Read more on the book.

Book launch party is Aug. 28 in Buffalo
Charles Haynie taught at the University of Buffalo for more than three decades, and his most popular course for much of that time was a history of social movements, a subject close to his heart and fundamental to his experience. He often shared his own experiences with his classes, and with the student population in general, through a series of remembrances and essays published in the UB student newspaper; those writings form the core of his autobiography, A Memoir of the New Left, co-authored by his daughter Aeron of the UW-Green Bay faculty. Aeron Haynie will return to Buffalo this Friday, (Aug. 28) for a talk and publication party.

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