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Hoffman, Abbott

Born: 1936 AD
Died: 1989 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Activists

1936 – Born on November 30th in Worcester, Massachusetts. American political activist and founder of the Youth International Party (Yippies), who was known for his successful media events.

1959-1960 – Received psychology degrees from both Brandeis University and the University of California at Berkeley.

1968 – Was active in the American civil-rights movement before turning his energies to organizing the Yippies, who were dedicated to protesting the Vietnam War and the American economic and political system.

         – Hoffman was convicted of crossing state lines with intent to riot at the Democratic Party’s national convention in Chicago.

1969 – He gained widespread media attention for his exploits, most notably for his courtroom antics as a defendant in the so-called Chicago Seven trial.

1973 – He was arrested on charges of selling cocaine.

         – Hoffman went underground, underwent plastic surgery, assumed the alias Barry Freed, and worked as an environmental activist in New York state.

1980 – He resurfaced and served a year in prison before resuming his environmental efforts.

         – He was the author of such books as Revolution for the Hell of It, Steal This Book, and an autobiography, Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture.

1989 – Died on April 12th in New Hope, Pennsylvania.