Abbie Hoffman Biography

Journalist, Anti-War Activist, Environmental Activist, Civil Rights Activist (1936–1989)
Abbie Hoffman, American political activist and founder of the Youth International Party (Yippies), was known for his successful media events.


American political activist Abbie Hoffman was born Nov. 30, 1936, in Worcester, Mass. He was active in the American civil rights movement before turning to protests of the Vietnam War and the American economic and political system. Hoffman's ethic was codified with the formal organization of the Yippies in January 1968. After he was arrested in 1973 on cocaine charges, Hoffman went underground.

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