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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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First Year at Cornell: Runs, Pledges, and Sit-Ins

First Year at Cornell: Runs, Pledges, and Sit-Ins

(p.37) Chapter Three First Year at Cornell: Runs, Pledges, and Sit-Ins

Bruce Dancis

Cornell University Press

The author recalls his first year at Cornell University, where his involvement with the draft resistance and antiwar movements began. He arrived at Cornell in September 1965, but during his first year he engaged in the usual collegiate pursuits, such as joining a sports team (the freshman cross-country team) and the Folk Music Club. He also attended live concerts on campus by the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. The author recounts two events in early November 1965 that had a profound impact on him: one involved a Baltimore Quaker named Norman Morrison, the other a Catholic pacifist named Roger LaPorte. He also talks about his role in starting a chapter of Students for a Democratic Society; his involvement with the War Resisters League; and the emergence of a draft resistance movement at Cornell. Finally, he discusses his participation in a sit-in in the office of Cornell President James Perkins on May 17, 1966.

Keywords:   Cornell University, draft resistance, antiwar movement, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Students for a Democratic Society, War Resisters League, James Perkins

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