Diana Oughton

Diana Oughton (January 26, 1942 – March 6, 1970) was a member of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) Michigan Chapter and later, a member of the 1960s radical group Weather Underground. Oughton received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College. After graduation, Oughton went to Guatemala with the American Friends Service Committee program to teach the young and older indigenous Indians. After returning to the U.S, she worked at the Children’s Community School in Ann Arbor, Michigan while getting her master’s degree at the University of Michigan. She became very active in SDS, eventually becoming a full-time organizer and member of the Jesse James Gang. With the split of SDS in 1969, she joined Weather Underground. Oughton died in the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion in Greenwich Village, New York City, when a nail bomb she was constructing with Terry Robbins, to be used that evening at a dance for noncommissioned officers and their dates at the Fort Dix, New Jersey Army base, to ‘bring the [Vietnam] war home’, detonated, destroying the building and killing herself, Robbins, and Ted Gold. … With the split of SDS in 1969, Oughton and Ayers joined the Weatherman faction. Oughton’s sense of herself made it more difficult to get along with her father; she saw her parents’ lives in Dwight, Illinois as complacent and secure, and lives in the impoverished sections of Chicago and Detroit as chaotic. At this time, SDS protests became more violent and radical. Oughton and Ayers had been drifting apart since December 1968. Monogamy, according to Ayers, would interfere with his political work. Oughton replaced her old friends, and she abandoned teaching, for politics was now her life. Merrill Rosenberg[who?] told Oughton, ‘Revolution means violence and risk, or it is only talk. The Weathermen’s arguments pointed to their conclusion that the time was now to fight.’ In August 1969, Oughton participated in an SDS delegation that traveled to Cuba for the third meeting between Vietnamese and American delegates. The Vietnamese called the meeting to discuss progress taken in the peace movement as the war in Vietnam was entering its final stages. Oughton was impressed by Cuba’s progress in literacy and medical treatment. The pace of movement toward action within the Weathermen picked up soon after their return from Cuba. …”
NY Times: The Seed Of Terror
The American Catholic: Terrorism and Privilege
amazon: Diana: The Making of a Terrorist

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