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The University of Illinois in the Cold War Era 1945-1975: Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at U of I

Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at U of I

The U of I branch of SDS advertised anti-war happenings around campus, circa 1969

Students for a Democratic Society was formed in 1960 in Ann Arbor, Michigan .  Its political manifesto, the Port Huron Statement called for an end to racial discrimination, action on American poverty, international peace, and for the United  States to live up to the creed that “all men are created equal.”  In 1964 students formed a chapter at the University of Illinois , and in 1965 they petitioned the university to hold an SDS conference on campus.   

U of I Sources:

Student and Faculty Organization Constitutions and Registration Cards, 1909-  (RS 41/2/41)

Student Organizations Publications, 1871-  (RS 41/6/840)

Dean of Student’s Subject File, 1966-98 (RS 41/1/6): Includes information on SDS in Box 1

Student Discipline Files, 1953-84 (RS 41/2/44)

President David D. Henry General Correspondence, 1955-71 (RS: 2/12/1)


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