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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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From Protest to Resistance

From Protest to Resistance

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(p.66) Chapter Five From Protest to Resistance
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Resister
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Bruce Dancis

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452420.003.0006

The author talks about how he became involved with the draft resistance movement while studying at Cornell University. During his sophomore year at Cornell in September 1966, he began conferring with Tom Bell, a fellow member of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), about organizing a draft resistance union in Ithaca. The author discusses important developments that further linked the draft resistance and antiwar movements during his time at Cornell, including the establishment of the Spring Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (“the Mobe”). He also recounts his election as president of Cornell SDS; his involvement in the so-called “Button Incident” at Cornell; his decision to destroy his draft card and severe his ties to the Selective Service System; his romance with a fellow Cornell student; and the controversy surrounding the campus literary magazine The Trojan Horse.

Keywords:   draft resistance, Cornell University, Tom Bell, Students for a Democratic Society, antiwar movement, Spring Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, Button Incident, Selective Service System, The Trojan Horse

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