Category Archives: Draft board

The March on the Pentagon: An Oral History

Anti-Vietnam War demonstrators run up against military police as they attempt to penetrate security lines at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 21, 1967. “The Vietnam War is the only American conflict remembered as much for the opposition it … Continue reading

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Baby boomers

“Baby boomers are the demographic cohort following the Silent Generation. There are no precise dates for when this cohort starts or ends; demographers and researchers typically use starting birth years ranging from the early-to-mid 1940s and ending birth years ranging … Continue reading

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How the Draft Reshaped America

Women burning the draft cards of their husbands and sons during an anti-war protest in 1968. “‘Greeting: You are hereby ordered for induction in the Armed Forces of the United States.’ In 1967, more than 300,000 American men opened envelopes … Continue reading

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What I Saw on the Way to the Revolution

People gathered for a concert in Tompkins Square Park in 1967. “In June 1967, in the freewheeling spirit of the times, I dropped out of Antioch College, in Ohio, and hitchhiked to New York. I was 19, mildly though not … Continue reading

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The Camden 28

“The Camden 28 were a group of ‘Catholic left’ anti-Vietnam War activists who in 1971 planned and executed a raid on a Camden, New Jersey draft board. The raid resulted in a high-profile criminal trial of the activists that was … Continue reading

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United States v. O’Brien (1968)

“United States v. O’Brien, 391 U.S. 367 (1968), was a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States, which ruled that a criminal prohibition against burning a draft card did not violate the First Amendment‘s guarantee of free speech. … Continue reading

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Draft evasion

“Draft evasion is an intentional decision not to comply with the military conscription policies of one’s nation. Such practices that do not involve law breaking or which are based on conscientious objection are sometimes referred to as ‘draft avoidance.’ Refusing … Continue reading

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