Category Archives: Draft board

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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The Forgotten Power of the Vietnam Protest, 1965-1975 by Tom Hayden

“The era of protest against Vietnam – 1965-75 – was unique as the emergence of a nationwide peace movement on a scale not seen before in American history. There were previous war resisters, for example, the Society of Friends, the … Continue reading

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1001 Ways to Beat the Draft – Robert Bashlow and Tuli Kupferberg (1966)

“1001 Ways to Beat the Draft is a satirical Vietnam War protest pamphlet written in 1966 by Robert Bashlow and Tuli Kupferberg. It was also published in book format. The text reels through dozens of ways that young men facing … Continue reading

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I Picked Prison Over Fighting in Vietnam

Demonstrators trying to return their draft cards in New York City on Oct. 16, 1967. “Growing up in Fresno, Calif., I believed in ‘my country, right or wrong,’ just like everyone I knew. I could not have anticipated that when … Continue reading

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Catonsville Nine

“The Catonsville Nine were nine Catholic activists who burned draft files to protest the Vietnam War. On May 17, 1968, they went to the draft board in Catonsville, in the U.S. state of Maryland, took 378 draft files, brought them … Continue reading

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