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Inside the Anti-War Movement at UNC in the 1960s

 by Charly Mann

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Comments:

Samantha Monzon      1:17 PM Fri 2/18/2011

Hello, my u.s. history class is taking part in a national event called History Day. My group of classmates decided to research and display an exhibit about anti- war protest against vietnam at Chapel Hill University. I would appreciate it so very much if you could mail or e-mail a copy of one of the pamplets you handed out to the soldiers. if you stil have a copy that is. if you do uit would be a great help thank you.
 

Bill B.      7:54 PM Fri 4/23/2010

Thank you J. Byrd. I'll look for it my next trip to CH.
 

J Byrd      7:50 PM Fri 4/23/2010

There is a small and simple, and yet very moving memorial to all veterans from UNC, including Vietnam. It is just to the west of Memorial Hall. It has become, for me, a wonderful Memorial Day destination.
 

Mary Jackson      4:04 PM Fri 4/23/2010

Wonderful piece. I think we look back at this time and think Chapel Hill was a bastion of the anti-war movement. Obviously from your description it was less than 1% of the student body in 1968. I guess in those days Berkeley and Madison had much wider student support for ending the war.
 

Bill B.      12:03 AM Fri 4/23/2010

Does UNC have anything to commemorate graduates or others who attended UNC and died in Vietnam?

I remember a student teacher who I later heard had been killed in Vietnam.
 

Janis Morgan      6:52 PM Thu 4/22/2010

UNC should honor it's social heroes like it does with it's sports stars with awards and plaques around campus.
 

George Atkins      10:48 AM Wed 4/21/2010

I am surprised someone so young would have been so active in this cause. Your readers might be interested to know that until 1971 you had to be 21 to vote, but could be compelled by the draft to fight and die for the United States at the age of 18.
 

Rick Anthony      9:31 AM Tue 4/20/2010

You guy were really brave to get out of your cars at Fort Bragg to hand out leaflets to soldiers. I would have felt safer marching down Franklin Street carrying a sign against the war.
 

Adolph Reed      5:52 AM Tue 4/20/2010

Hi again, Charly. Thanks loads for writing this account. I very much appreciate your attention to the details of those events and their background. (I take a pass, though, on the "brilliant and affable" stuff.) This is an important document for the record of that moment in the Chapel Hill/UNC antiwar movement. Chapel Hill Memories is a wonderful archive.

I'm sorry to have been somewhat out of touch lately. As you know, I had shoulder surgery a couple of months ago and was slowed for a while. Since then, of course, I've been rushing around like mad trying to get caught up.


 

Susan Prothro Worley      10:24 PM Mon 4/19/2010

Wilson Library recently had an exhibit on student protests in the 60s, I Raised My Hand To Volunteer. This link includes a brief mention of your Fort Bragg protest (http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/exhibits/protests/nam.html).

Your first-hand account helps us better understand how risky the protests were and what courage they required. You and your fellow protesters can look back with pride that you were brave enough to take a stand.

 

Steve Kessler      7:05 PM Mon 4/19/2010

Hey Charles,

I'm not sure you remember me. I was in your freshman History class and sat behind you and Richard Abbott. I well remember you as the best history student in the class, as well as your extra-curricular activities in the anti-war movement. I am glad to find out 40 plus years later that your conviction was overturned.

Steve

 

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