By Bruce Dancis
Bruce Dancis arrived at Cornell college in 1965 as a formative years who used to be no stranger to political motion. He grew up in a thorough loved ones and participated within the 1963 March on Washington as a fifteen-year-old. He grew to become the 1st pupil at Cornell to defy the draft by means of tearing up his draft card and shortly turned a pacesetter of the draft resistance circulation. He additionally became down a pupil deferment and refused induction into the armed providers. He was once the important organizer of the 1st mass draft card burning throughout the Vietnam conflict, an activist within the Resistance (a national association opposed to the draft), and a cofounder and president of the Cornell bankruptcy of scholars for a Democratic Society. Dancis spent nineteen months in federal felony in Ashland, Kentucky, for his activities opposed to the draft.
In Resister, Dancis not just provides readers an insider's account of the antiwar and pupil protest hobbies of the sixties but in addition presents an extraordinary examine the felony reviews of Vietnam-era draft resisters. Intertwining reminiscence, mirrored image, and background, Dancis deals an enticing firsthand account of a few of the era’s so much iconic occasions, together with the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the Abbie Hoffman-led "hippie invasion" of the hot York inventory trade, the antiwar disagreement on the Pentagon in 1967, and the harmful controversy that erupted at Cornell in 1969 regarding African American scholars, their SDS allies, and the management and college. alongside the way in which, Dancis additionally explores the connection among the topical people and rock tune of the period and the political and cultural rebels who sought to alter American society.
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Rally against the war in Vietnam two months earlier, I eagerly attended an antiwar rally in New York’s Madison Square Garden in early June, sponsored by the National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy. S. S. troops to be sent to South Vietnam. By supporting the South Vietnamese government, we were backing, in the name of freedom, one military dictatorship after another, regimes that brutally suppressed all opposition. Like others, I watched with horror and amazement as TV news footage showed Buddhist monks burning themselves to death in protests against their government.
When I showed up Sunday night on the New York side of the George Washington Bridge, where the runners were gathering, I discovered I was the only white person taking part. And with Eddie not participating, I knew no one among the seventeen other runners and three or four chaperones. But I quickly became friendly with another guy my age, Tony Spencer, who was Gladys Harrington’s nephew. m. Two former Olympic gold medalists, John Woodruff and Andy Stanfield, carried the torch in the opening legs across the bridge.
Still, Dad just as strongly believed I had the right to make my own decisions about politics. S. policy in Vietnam. S. ” Buck’s Rock, Breeding Ground for Teenage Radicals and Counterculturalists A few years earlier, just as the recently elected president John F. Kennedy was promising a New Frontier for America, in 1961 I had gotten the chance to explore some new territory for myself. When I turned thirteen, my parents agreed with me that I had outgrown the offerings of the Three Arrows day camp, and they were now affluent enough and generous enough to send me to a summer camp geared for teenagers.