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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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Brinksmanship, or Cornell on the Brink

Brinksmanship, or Cornell on the Brink

(p.245) Chapter Thirteen Brinksmanship, or Cornell on the Brink

Bruce Dancis

Cornell University Press

The author talks about Cornell University’s dispute with the Afro-American Society (AAS) and black students in 1969 that put the school on the brink of a revolution. He begins by discussing the AAS’s takeover of Willard Straight Hall (also known as The Straight, the student union at Cornell) on April 19 and its negotiations with Cornell officials to end the occupation. He then turns to the AAS’s seizure of the Barton Hall on April 22, James Perkins’s speech at a convocation, and the internal disputes about ideology and tactics within the Students for a Democratic Society’s (SDS) Cornell chapter. He also recounts the arrest of the so-called May Day Ten after the SDS launched protests during a practice by the army ROTC cadets for their annual Presidential Review. Finally, he comments on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision denying certiorari in the appeal of his prison sentence.

Keywords:   black students, Cornell University, Afro-American Society, Willard Straight Hall, Barton Hall, James Perkins, Students for a Democratic Society, May Day Ten, protests, U.S. Supreme Court

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