By Michael Stewart Foley
Laying off gentle on a misunderstood type of competition to the Vietnam conflict, Michael Foley tells the tale of draft resistance, the innovative of the antiwar move on the peak of the war's escalation. not like so-called draft dodgers, who left the rustic or manipulated deferments, draft resisters brazenly defied draft legislation by means of burning or delivering their draft playing cards. Like civil rights activists earlier than them, draft resisters invited prosecution and imprisonment. targeting Boston, one of many movement's such a lot renowned facilities, Foley unearths the an important function of draft resisters in transferring antiwar sentiment from the margins of society to the guts of yankee politics. Their activities encouraged different draft-age males against the war--especially university students--to re-examine 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 attractiveness 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 mostly suburban, liberal, younger, and center class--the middle of Johnson's Democratic constituency. interpreting the day by day fight of antiwar organizing performed by way of traditional americans on the neighborhood point, Foley argues for a extra advanced view of citizenship and patriotism in the course of a time of conflict.
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These were not the bearded beatniks that some in the Southie crowd expected. Four of the men—David O’Brien, John Phillips, David Reed, and David Benson—stood in the middle of the group and, as they had promised in their press release, produced their draft cards. The other members of their group looked on as a reporter asked David O’Brien if the group received funding or other support from the Soviet Union. ’’ The smaller group’s clean-cut appearance, if it had affected the crowd earlier, no longer mattered.
Fallows quickly realized that they knew nothing about draft loopholes. ∞∂ During wartime, political scientist Michael Shafer has argued, the obligation of citizenship is not merely to serve. ’’ Those who opposed the war but accepted the Selective Service System and their privileged places within it, Shafer charges, did not fulﬁll their responsibilities as citizens. Two other men were drafted into the armed forces instead of Bill Clinton and James Fallows. They may have served in Vietnam. They may have died there.
They set up their ﬁrst ofﬁce in Roxbury but because of inadequate plumbing and wiring, later moved to an old barn in Brookline, complete with ‘‘milk-crate-modern furniture’’ and mimeograph machines for producing leaﬂets. They were extremely well informed regarding the Geneva Accords and could, in conversation or leaﬂet form, detail the history of American involvement in Vietnam since the 1940s. One of their regular activities involved going to the movie theater where Doctor Zhivago played and passing out leaﬂets that stressed the peace theme in the ﬁlm and how it applied to Vietnam.
Confronting the war machine : draft resistance during the Vietnam War by Michael Stewart Foley