By Michael Stewart Foley
Laying off mild on a misunderstood type of competition to the Vietnam battle, Michael Foley tells the tale of draft resistance, the innovative of the antiwar move on the peak of the war's escalation. in contrast to so-called draft dodgers, who left the rustic or manipulated deferments, draft resisters brazenly defied draft legislation through burning or handing over their draft playing cards. Like civil rights activists ahead of them, draft resisters invited prosecution and imprisonment. concentrating on Boston, one of many movement's such a lot favourite facilities, Foley unearths the the most important position of draft resisters in moving antiwar sentiment from the margins of society to the guts of yankee politics. Their activities encouraged different draft-age males against the war--especially collage students--to reassess their position of privilege in a draft process that provided them protections and despatched disproportionate numbers of working-class and minority males to Vietnam. This acceptance sparked the switch of strategies from criminal protest to mass civil disobedience, drawing the Johnson management right into a war of words with activists who have been mostly suburban, liberal, younger, and center class--the center of Johnson's Democratic constituency. analyzing the daily fight of antiwar organizing conducted via traditional american citizens on the neighborhood point, Foley argues for a extra complicated view of citizenship and patriotism in the course of a time of struggle.
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Confronting the war machine : draft resistance during the Vietnam War by Michael Stewart Foley