Confronting the War Machine: Draft Resistance during the Vietnam War / Edition 1

Confronting the War Machine: Draft Resistance during the Vietnam War / Edition 1

by Michael S. Foley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807827673

ISBN-13: 9780807827673

Pub. Date: 03/31/2003

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Shedding light on a misunderstood form of opposition to the Vietnam War, Michael Foley tells the story of draft resistance, the cutting edge of the antiwar movement at the height of the war's escalation. Unlike so-called draft dodgers, who left the country or manipulated deferments, draft resisters openly defied draft laws by burning or turning in their draft cards

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Shedding light on a misunderstood form of opposition to the Vietnam War, Michael Foley tells the story of draft resistance, the cutting edge of the antiwar movement at the height of the war's escalation. Unlike so-called draft dodgers, who left the country or manipulated deferments, draft resisters openly defied draft laws by burning or turning in their draft cards. Like civil rights activists before them, draft resisters invited prosecution and imprisonment.

Focusing on Boston, one of the movement's most prominent centers, Foley reveals the crucial role of draft resisters in shifting antiwar sentiment from the margins of society to the center of American politics. Their actions inspired other draft-age men opposed to the war—especially college students—to reconsider their place of privilege in a draft system that offered them protections and sent disproportionate numbers of working-class and minority men to Vietnam. This recognition sparked the change of tactics from legal protest to mass civil disobedience, drawing the Johnson administration into a confrontation with activists who were largely suburban, liberal, young, and middle class—the core of Johnson's Democratic constituency.

Examining the day-to-day struggle of antiwar organizing carried out by ordinary Americans at the local level, Foley argues for a more complex view of citizenship and patriotism during a time of war.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807827673
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
03/31/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction: Draft Resistance in American Memory3
Pt. IToward a Movement
1A Little Band of Bold Pioneers19
2The Draft as a Political Issue and a Movement Target48
3October 16: A Resolute Show of Moral Force76
Pt. IIConfrontations and Misconceptions
4Filtered Resistance: Draft Resisters' Image and Reality113
5Uneasy Waiting: Draft Resisters and the Johnson Administration131
6Getting by with a Little Help from Their Friends160
Pt. IIIPeaks, Valleys, and the Changing Horizon
7A New Beginning: Confrontation, Renewal, and Triumph225
8Spring 1968: A Hothouse Atmosphere264
9Beyond Draft Resistance: New Strategies and Dangling Men296
Epilogue337
App. A: Tables349
App. BStatement of Methodology363
App. CLetter to Survey Recipients and Questionnaire367
Notes387
Bibliography425
Index439

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