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ResisterA Story of Protest and Prison during the Vietnam War$
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Bruce Dancis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452420

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452420.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction

Bruce Dancis

Cornell University Press

In this book, the author recounts his experiences as a draft resister and his involvement with the student protest, civil, and antiwar movements of the 1960s. The author’s story began on December 14, 1966, when, at the age of eighteen, he read a statement denouncing the Vietnam War and the draft and tore his draft card into four pieces in front of a crowd of 300 people at Cornell University. He was one of the twenty-seven million American men who came of draft age during the Vietnam War, but refused to fight in that war and joined the draft resistance movement instead. For his stand against the war and the draft, the author was sent to federal prison where he spent more than nineteen months before receiving a parole in late December 1970. Here he recalls how he rejected a student deferment and openly defied the Selective Service System, organized other young men to do the same, and became a member, president, and cochairman of the Cornell chapter of Students for a Democratic Society.

Keywords:   draft resistance, antiwar movement, Vietnam War, draft, Cornell University, Selective Service System, Students for a Democratic Society, federal prison

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