Explore the origins of American counterterrorism.
The Weather Underground was a clandestine revolutionary urban guerrilla organization whose members--most of them young white men and women from middle-class backgrounds--carried out more than twenty-five bombings throughout the United States between 1970 and 1976 to protest the government's war in Vietnam and racist police violence at home. Drawing from his new book, Nixon's War at Home
, historian Daniel S. Chard will discuss how the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) war with the Weather Underground and other domestic leftist guerrillas contributed to the fall of the Nixon presidency and the development of "preemptive" policing practices known as counterterrorism.
Daniel S. Chard is Visiting Assistant Professor of history at Western Washington University. He co-edited Science for the People: Documents from America's Movement of Radical Scientists
(UMass Press, 2018) and is the author of Nixon's War at Home: The FBI, Leftist Guerrillas, and the Origins of Counterterrorism
(Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2021). His writing has appeared in Jacobin, Radical History Review, The Sixties, and the Washington Post.