Abbie Hoffman was an American political and social activist, a leader of the counterculture movement of the 1960s, and a pioneer of the Youth International Party. He was an outspoken revolutionary, famous for his outrageous and culturally subversive antics, including his famous “levitate” trick at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. He was also a passionate social advocate for causes such as civil rights, women’s and LGBT rights, and an outspoken critic of the U.S. government. He wrote several books, including Revolution for the Heck of It and Steal This Book, and received numerous awards throughout his life, such as the Thomas Merton Award in 1974.
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