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Campus Wars: The Peace Movement at American State Universities in the Vietnam Era
The 1960s left us with some striking images of American universities: Berkeley activists orating about free speech atop a surrounded police car; Harvard SDSers waylaying then-Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara; Columbia student radicals occupying campus buildings; and black militant Cornell students brandishing rifles, to name just a few. Tellingly, the most powerful and ...more
Paperback, 366 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by New York University Press
(first published December 1st 1992)
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As a period piece describing events on four American campuses in the late 1960s in detail, and many other campuses in general terms, Campus Wars has value -- but only if the serious researcher uses it as just one of multiple sources of information. Mr. Heineman seems to have an edge to his writing. He comes at his material with many predetermined impressions, and selectively chooses interview subjects and sources to support his conclusions. He overlooks other research that might have given this ...more
I was there, of course, during the "campus wars" (that's my college right on the cover) so it was interesting to read the history and analysis this author writes. He mostly gets things right, but in spite of his extensive research (50 pages of footnotes) I think he got some things wrong, mostly as he discusses the cultural and ethnic backgrounds of many of the peace activists and using these to explain their actions. Nevertheless he was mostly on target with dissecting the movement(s).