By Bruce Dancis
Bruce Dancis arrived at Cornell collage in 1965 as a early life who was once no stranger to political motion. He grew up in an intensive family and participated within the 1963 March on Washington as a fifteen-year-old. He turned the 1st scholar at Cornell to defy the draft via tearing up his draft card and shortly turned a pace-setter of the draft resistance flow. He additionally became down a pupil deferment and refused induction into the armed providers. He used to be the important organizer of the 1st mass draft card burning through the Vietnam struggle, an activist within the Resistance (a national association opposed to the draft), and a cofounder and president of the Cornell bankruptcy of scholars for a Democratic Society. Dancis spent nineteen months in federal legal in Ashland, Kentucky, for his activities opposed to the draft.
In Resister, Dancis not just supplies readers an insider's account of the antiwar and pupil protest events of the sixties but additionally presents a unprecedented examine the felony reports of Vietnam-era draft resisters. Intertwining reminiscence, mirrored image, and historical past, Dancis bargains a fascinating firsthand account of a few of the era's so much iconic occasions, together with the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the Abbie Hoffman-led "hippie invasion" of the hot York inventory trade, the antiwar disagreement on the Pentagon in 1967, and the harmful controversy that erupted at Cornell in 1969 concerning African American scholars, their SDS allies, and the management and school. alongside the way in which, Dancis additionally explores the connection among the topical people and rock track of the period and the political and cultural rebels who sought to alter American society.
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