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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 Resistance to Revolution

From Resistance to Revolution

(p.170) Chapter Ten From Resistance to Revolution

Bruce Dancis

Cornell University Press

The author reflects on the revolutionary posturing that he and many other draft resisters adopted during the late 1960s. He describes himself as anti-Leninist and a pacifist, even as his commitment to nonviolence was starting to waver. Here he talks about what New Left authors Barbara and John Ehrenreich called the “new specter of revolutionary students” that was emerging worldwide in 1968; the involvement of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in the 1968 discussions and debates about revolution; the conflicts within the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and its sentiments against the Progressive Labor Party; Cornell SDS’s efforts during the summer; the rise of a renewed feminist movement throughout the United States and within the New Left; and the antiwar demonstrations at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Finally, he recounts the Budapest conference between American radicals and Vietnamese revolutionaries.

Keywords:   revolution, nonviolence, New Left, revolutionary students, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Students for a Democratic Society, Progressive Labor Party, feminist movement, Democratic National Convention

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