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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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Draft Resisters Act

Draft Resisters Act

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(p.115) Chapter 21 Draft Resisters Act
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Radicals in the Heartland
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Michael V. Metz

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042416.003.0022

In early October the DRU voted to sit-in at the local draft board, and two members announced they’d burn their draft cards the day of the event. Herbert Gutowsky, Chemistry Department head, met with SDS and CEWV leaders on their Dow plans, advising a responsible approach. On the day of the sit-in, university faculty held a teach-in, Steve Schmidt and Rick Soderstrom burned their draft cards on the patio of the Union, and hundreds marched to the draft board, where ten protesters were arrested for sitting in. That evening, before Staughton Lynd spoke, bail money was collected for those in jail.

Keywords:   DRU, draft resisters, draft card burning, Herbert Gutowsky, Dow Chemical, sit-in, Steve Schmidt, Rick Soderstrom, Staughton Lynd, SDS, CEWV

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