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By Mary Ann Wynkoop

"More than different neighborhood histories of campus activism in this interval, Dissent within the Heartland introduces nationwide issues and occasions, and effectively areas Indiana collage into that context. The learn in basic assets, together with FBI records, besides a variety of interviews, is greater, and the writing is lucid and from time to time provocative." -- Terry H. Anderson, writer of The SixtiesThis grassroots view of scholar activism within the Sixties chronicles the years of protest at one Midwestern college. situated in a area of farmland, conservative politics, and conventional relations values, Indiana college was once domestic to antiwar protestors, civil rights activists, participants of the counterculture, and feminists who helped switch the guts of heart the United States. Its scholars made their voices heard on matters from such neighborhood issues as dorm curfews and self-governance to nationwide problems with racism, sexism, and the Vietnam warfare. Their acceptance that the private used to be the political may swap them perpetually. The protest circulation they assisted in shaping may achieve into the heartland in ways in which could redefine larger schooling, politics, and cultural values. established on study in basic resources, interviews, and FBI documents, Dissent within the Heartland finds the Midwestern pulse of the Sixties, beating firmly, faraway from the elite faculties and concrete facilities of the East and West.

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However, there was a small group on campus for whom the university’s parental role was more than just a minor irritation. About ¤fteen or twenty members of SDS decided to make university regulations the major target of their campaign to raise students’ political consciousness. C. And so they began a concerted effort to provoke interest in campus politics by making the personal political, especially with reference to women’s hours. Early in the fall semester of 1965, the IU chapter of SDS held elections.

Members of SDS and other student groups across the country began criticizing the war in Vietnam, and on Easter 1965 twenty thousand protestors marched on the Washington monument. ” The demonstrators presented Congress with a petition to end the war. In Bloomington, SDS members spent that summer distributing lea¶ets against the war, holding a folksong bene¤t for a local branch of the Journeymen Stonecutters Association of North America, and marching to commemorate Hiroshima Day. By the beginning of the fall semester they 20 / DISSENT IN THE HEARTLAND had agreed on a written constitution, which they sent to the national SDS of¤ce in Chicago, along with a letter stating that there were about thirty founding members.

CHAPTER 2 The Awakening of Activism: 1965–67 Among students today, there is a common misconception that students in the 1960s were all long-haired radicals who spent most of their days engaged in protesting the war in Vietnam, smoking dope, and making love. In fact, the reality was much less colorful. First, for most students, alcohol was the most popular drug in the early and mid-1960s. Second, most young women (and their parents) viewed pregnancy out of wedlock as a fate slightly worse than death or injury, so most sexual activity tended to be fairly tame by today’s standards.

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