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The University of Illinois in the Cold War Era 1945-1975: May Student Strike (1970)

May Student Strike (1970)

Student-published "Strike News", circa May 1970

Richard Nixon’s decision to invade Cambodia sparked more protests across college campuses, many of which were becoming more aggressive.  At Kent State University on May 4, 1970, the Ohio National guard responded to a student rally by firing on protestors, killing four and wounding nine.  At the University of Illinois, students reacted by calling for a three-day strike beginning on May 6.  Ninety-percent of classes were shut down, and the University called in the National Guard to patrol the campus.



U of I Sources:

Student Affairs Dean’s Office Subject Files, 1966-97 (RS 41/1/6)

LAS History Subject Files, 1897-1992 (RS 15/13/1): Box 7 “Student Strike, 1970”

Campus Security Office Campus Unrest File, 1968-1972 (RS: 37/4/9)

LAS Dean’s Office, Robert Rogers, 1960-84 (RS 15/1/21): Includes information on the moratorium, campus disruptions, vandalism, and peace research.

Student Programs and Services, 1952, 1963-79 (RS 41/2/30)

Student and Faculty Org. Constitutions & Registration Cards, (RS 41/2/41): Includes information on the “Committee to End the War in Vietnam” and the “Student Committee to End the War in Vietnam.”

Student Organization Publications, 1871-  (RS 41/6/840): Includes information on the “University of Illinois Committee to End the War in Vietnam.”

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

Campus Security Office Disciplinary Hearings Transcripts and Reports, 1970-1974 (RS: 37/4/10)

President's Commission on Campus Unrest, The Report of the President's Commission on Campus Unrest (New York: 1970): at University Library.

Photographic Subject File, 1868- (RS: 39/2/20): Includes photographs of student protests and demonstrations.

Patrick D. Kennedy, “Reactions Against the Vietnam War and Military-Related Targets on Campus: The University of Illinois as a Case Study, 1965-72,” Illinois Historical Journal 84:2 (1991): 101-118.  Copy in U of I Library.

Bibliography:

Michael S. Foley, Confronting the War Machine: Draft Resistance During the Vietnam War (Chapel Hill: 2003).

William A. Gordon, The Fourth of May: Killings and Coverups at Kent State (Buffalo: 1990).

Kenneth J. Heineman, Campus Wars: the Peace Movement at American State Universities in the Vietnam Era (New York: 1993).

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, Peace Now!: American Society and the Ending of the Vietnam War (New Haven, 1999).

Patrick D. Kennedy, “Reactions Against the Vietnam War and Military-Related Targets on Campus: The University of Illinois as a Case Study, 1965-72,” Illinois Historical Journal 84:2 (1991): 101-118.

James Miller, “Democracy is in the Streets”: From Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago (New York: 1987).

Michael Parenti, “Repression in Academia: A Report From the Field,” Politics and Society 1:4 (1971), 527-538.

Joel P. Rhodes, The Voice of Violence: Performative Violence as Protest in the Vietnam Era (Westport, CT: 2001).

Nancy Zaroulis and Gerald Sullivan, Who Spoke Up?: American Protest Against the War in Vietnam, 1963-1975 (Garden City, N.Y.: 1984).