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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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March: Patience Spent, the Storms Begin

March: Patience Spent, the Storms Begin

(p.194) Chapter 33 March: Patience Spent, the Storms Begin
Radicals in the Heartland

Michael V. Metz

University of Illinois Press

Spring began with protests against defense contractor General Electric’s campus recruiting, and after an RU rally students turned violent, breaking windows in the building housing recruiters. Crowds massed in Green Street and police cleared them, but at night crowds again broke windows on the quad. The next day trustees canceled a William Kunstler speech; angry students stormed Green Street, breaking windows in several stores. Governor Ogilvie called out 750 National Guardsmen, every one needed to control crowds on a third night of rioting. Only a minority of students turned violent, but frustration was high.

Keywords:   General Electric (GE), Vietnam War defense contractor, Electrical Engineering Building (EEB), Radical Union (RU), William Kunstler, Richard Ogilvie, Illinois National Guard, Altgeld Hall, McBride’s Drug Store, Follett’s Bookstore, Belden Fields

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