Category Archives: Draft board

Vietnam, Vietnam – Pete Hamill (April 1985)

“Sometimes, in odd places, it all comes back. You are walking a summer beach, stepping around oiled bodies, hearing only the steady growl of the sea. Suddenly, from over the horizon, you hear the phwuk-phwuk-phwuk of rotor blades and for … Continue reading

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Daniel Berrigan, My Dangerous Friend

“I was a twenty-two-year-old seminarian in 1965, struggling to imagine myself in what already seemed the impossible life of the Catholic priest, when I came upon the writing of Daniel Berrigan, a Jesuit poet. Berrigan, who died on Saturday at … Continue reading

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When the Government Went After Dr. Spock

Benjamin Spock at a makeshift jail in Washington during a day of antiwar demonstrations in May 1971. “In the national memory of 1968 — dominated by images of student protests, police riots and assassinations — the Boston conspiracy trial of … Continue reading

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The Vietnam War Was Already Lost, but I Had to Go Anyway

Incoming troops at the Bien Hoa Air Base near Saigon. June 1969 “In the summer of 1969, the first American troops were withdrawn from Vietnam. Their war was over, but mine was just beginning. The previous November, Richard M. Nixon … Continue reading

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The Night the Ali-Liston Fight Came to Lewiston

The heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stood over Sonny Liston in the first round of their title fight in Lewiston, Me., on May 25, 1965, and was heard to say, “Get up and fight, sucker!” “LEWISTON, Me. — A couple of … Continue reading

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16-Year-Olds Want a Vote. Fifty Years Ago, So Did 18-Year-Olds.

A pamphlet that activists in New Jersey used to gain support for lowering the voting age to 18 in 1969. There is a similar effort underway today to lower it again to 16. “JAMESBURG, N.J. — Stuart Goldstein still has … Continue reading

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Kent State shootings

“The Kent State shootings, also known as the May 4 massacre or the Kent State massacre, were the shootings on May 4, 1970, of unarmed college students by members of the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University in Kent, … Continue reading

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