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Radicals in the HeartlandThe 1960s Student Protest Movement at the University of Illinois$
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Michael V. Metz

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042416

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042416.001.0001

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A Spark: W. E. B. DuBois Club

A Spark: W. E. B. DuBois Club

(p.38) Chapter 7 A Spark: W. E. B. DuBois Club
Radicals in the Heartland

Michael V. Metz

University of Illinois Press

As the war escalated, antiwar feelings increased on campus, and the first SDS meeting of the semester overflowed its venue. The Illinois student movement was sparked by the creation of a campus W. E. B. DuBois Club, whose connection to a Communist Party youth group of the same name was ambiguous. The founders announced they would seek university recognition and access to meeting rooms, adding they would challenge the twenty-year-old Clabaugh Act by bringing a communist speaker to campus, putting the administration in a quandary. This would be the seed from which the Illinois campus movement would grow.

Keywords:   W. E. B. DuBois Club, Clabaugh Act, Communist Party USA, Charles Clabaugh

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