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Hoffman, Abbott (Abbie; alias Barry Freed)

Born: 1936 AD
Died: 1989 AD, at 52 years of age.

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.


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