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Glenn C. Altschuler and Isaac Kramnick

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801444258

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801444258.001.0001

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The Wars at Home

The Wars at Home

(p.204) 6 The Wars at Home

Glenn C. Altschuler

Isaac Kramnick

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines student activism at Cornell University that began in early 1965. Nathaniel Pierce convened the first meeting of Students for Education (SFE) on March 8 to air students' grievances, including lack of contact with faculty, the grading system, and James Perkins's recurring absences from campus. Perkins declined to meet with anyone from SFE, but Dale Corson decided to talk to six students. Changes came quickly, such as increasing faculty numbers to reduce the size of classes. This chapter considers how Cornell became a key venue for student antiwar activism on America's campuses because of the moral and strategic leadership provided by Cornell United Religious Work (CURW) and the Cornell chapter of the Students for a Democratic Society. In particular, it discusses the ways that Cornell students staged Vietnam War protests and how Cornell addressed the issue of drug use on campus.

Keywords:   student activism, Cornell University, students, faculty, James Perkins, antiwar activism, Cornell United Religious Work, Vietnam War protests, drug use, Students for a Democratic Society

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