On August 10, 1968, Clayton Van Lydegraf leads a radical coup to take over the local Peace and Freedom Party.
The faction of Van Lydegraf, who was an avowed Maoist at the time, represented a harder revolutionary line in contrast to the social democrats and leftwing liberals who dallied in the Peace and Freedom Party because they could not abide current Democratic Party policies on the war in Vietnam.
Walt Crowley, Rites of Passage: A Memoir of the Sixties in Seattle (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1995), 258.
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