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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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Trials and Tribulations

Trials and Tribulations

(p.193) Chapter Eleven Trials and Tribulations

Bruce Dancis

Cornell University Press

The author recounts his trial and imprisonment as a result of his resistance to the draft. He first talks about his one-day trial before the U.S. District Court in Syracuse, presided by Judge Edmund Port, along with his legal team’s defense strategy. He then discusses the growth of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) chapter at Cornell University; the trial of Dan Berrigan and the Catonsville Nine in Baltimore; the 1968 presidential election involving Republican Richard Nixon, Democrat Hubert Humphrey, and independent George Wallace; his incarceration at the Onondaga County Jail in Syracuse after he was sentenced with a felony conviction by Port; and his eventual release on bail with the help of James Perkins. He also recounts the fissures in the national SDS, the growth at Cornell, the impact of the Cuban Revolution on the SDS, and his dispute with animal control authorities over a dog named All Right.

Keywords:   draft resistance, imprisonment, Students for a Democratic Society, Cornell University, Dan Berrigan, Catonsville Nine, presidential election, Onondaga County Jail, James Perkins, Cuban Revolution

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