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Resister: A Story of Protest and Prison During the Vietnam War

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Bruce Dancis arrived at Cornell University in 1965 as a youth who was no stranger to political action. He grew up in a radical household and took part in the 1963 March on Washington as a fifteen-year-old. He became the first student at Cornell to defy the draft by tearing up his draft card and soon became a leader of the draft resistance movement. He also turned down a st ...more
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Cornell University Press (first published December 1st 2013)
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Aaron Finestone
Resister by Bruce Dancis (Cornell University Press) is a warm memoir of those adventuresome days of student activism during the Vietnam war.

Dancis and I led parallel yet opposite lives. He was in Students for a Democratic Society. I was in the College Republicans. He led demonstrations at Cornell University. I reported on demonstrations for the Temple News. He went to jail. I went into the Navy.

Those were exciting times. Nationwide demonstrations were organized, draft records were destroyed, bui
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Sarah-Hope
Bruce Dancis was at the heart of the anti-draft movement at Cornell University during the war in Vietnam—and Cornell was one of the hot spots of that resistance. This memoir tells the story of those times in remarkable detail: recounting not just what happened, but how things happened, not just the moments of exhilaration, but also the difficult struggles and dialogues within the movement. As a man of principle, he recalls his ethical wrestling at that time without becoming pompous.

I was in grad
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Celia
An excellent book about draft resistance and the early anti-war movement during the Vietnam War.

When Bruce Dancis was eighteen and not old enough to vote(at that time the voting age was 21), he tore up his draft card in four pieces in a public protest against the draft and the Vietnam war. For this act, he received 19 months in prison and was watched by the FBI.

The takeaway I got from this book was how invasive to human freedom the draft was. I could see why the colleges became radicalized duri
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