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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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Spring ’70: The Final Semester

Spring ’70: The Final Semester

(p.191) Chapter 32 Spring ’70: The Final Semester
Radicals in the Heartland

Michael V. Metz

University of Illinois Press

The last semester of the final year of the Illinois student movement began peacefully enough, but when the Illiac IV supercomputer project was announced with suggestions it might be used for nuclear weapons development, the RU and newly formed Faculty for University Reform (FUR) quickly protested. Two youths failed in an attempt to bomb the downtown Champaign police station and were caught within moments, but no one was caught when a firebomb was thrown into the Armory ROTC office. Dr. Benjamin Spock, famous baby doctor and antiwar activist, spoke on campus, disparaging the idea of violent revolution.

Keywords:   Illiac IV, Radical Union, Faculty for University Reform (FUR), Champaign police station bombing, Daniel Slotnick, Phillip Meranto, ROTC, Armory firebombs, Dr. Benjamin Spock

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