Download PDF by Michael S. Foley: Confronting the War Machine: Draft Resistance during the

By Michael S. Foley

laying off mild on a misunderstood kind of competition to the Vietnam conflict, Michael Foley tells the tale of draft resistance, the leading edge of the antiwar move on the top of the war's escalation. in contrast to so-called draft dodgers, who left the rustic or manipulated deferments, draft resisters overtly defied draft legislation via burning or handing over their draft playing cards. Like civil rights activists earlier than them, draft resisters invited prosecution and imprisonment.

Focusing on Boston, one of many movement's such a lot sought after facilities, Foley finds the an important function of draft resisters in moving antiwar sentiment from the margins of society to the heart of yank politics. Their activities encouraged different draft-age males against the war--especially collage students--to reassess their position of privilege in a draft procedure that provided them protections and despatched disproportionate numbers of working-class and minority males to Vietnam. This popularity sparked the switch of strategies from felony protest to mass civil disobedience, drawing the Johnson management right into a war of words with activists who have been principally suburban, liberal, younger, and heart class--the middle of Johnson's Democratic constituency.

Examining the daily fight of antiwar organizing performed through usual americans on the neighborhood point, Foley argues for a extra advanced view of citizenship and patriotism in the course of a time of war.

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