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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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The Summer of Love and Disobedience

The Summer of Love and Disobedience

(p.105) Chapter Seven The Summer of Love and Disobedience

Bruce Dancis

Cornell University Press

The author recounts important developments that happened in the summer of 1967, which he describes as an intense period of antiwar and antidraft organizing and civil disobedience. He talks about Robert Greenblatt’s efforts to develop a new strategy for the antiwar movement following the success of the Spring Mobilization and draft card burning, culminating in the establishment of the Mobilization Direct Action Project. He also narrates an incident where he and his group were attacked by counterdemonstrators at Flatbush and Nostrand Avenues on July 11; his arrest, trial, and eventual acquittal on August 24; and how hippies, led by Abbie Hoffman, collaborated with radicals during an invasion of the New York Stock Exchange on August 24. Finally, he discusses the black militancy and urban disorders that erupted in black ghettos around the country and the antiwar movement’s plan to “confront the war makers” in Pentagon on October 21–22.

Keywords:   civil disobedience, Robert Greenblatt, antiwar movement, Mobilization Direct Action Project, black ghettos, hippies, Abbie Hoffman, New York Stock Exchange, black militancy, urban disorders

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