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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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The Resistance

The Resistance

(p.125) Chapter Eight The Resistance

Bruce Dancis

Cornell University Press

The author recounts various developments relating to the draft resistance movement in the year 1967. He first comments on the decision made by Judge Edmund Port of the U.S. District Court in Syracuse to postpone his trial until the U.S. Supreme Court made its ruling on the draft card destruction law. He then talks about the public encouragement and support that he and his fellow draft resisters were getting from Cornell University clergy, students, and faculty members; The Resistance’s demonstrations and draft card turn-ins around the country as well as its conflict with the Students for a Democratic Society during the so-called “Stop the Draft Week”; and the antiwar demonstrators’ confrontation with U.S. Army troops at Pentagon on October 21. He also discusses government attempts to make draft resisters appear before federal grand juries and concludes by focusing on what he calls cracks within the ranks of the Johnson administration over the Vietnam issue.

Keywords:   draft resistance, Edmund Port, Cornell University, The Resistance, demonstrations, draft card turn-ins, Students for a Democratic Society, Stop the Draft Week, Pentagon, grand juries

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