New York

Matthew Buckingham

Murray Guy

How to become a radical? Find yourself in the midst of a campus anti-war demonstration, mix in some law enforcement violence against your fellow students, and you have a recipe for political transfiguration. In a rather subtle, well-timed gesture of deft historical analogizing (to the issue of student activism and the Iraq war), Matthew Buckingham conscientiously excavated a seldom-recalled episode of ’60s anti-Vietnam activism: On October 18, 1967, a group of University of Wisconsin–Madison students staged a peaceful sit-in against Dow Chemical’s on-campus recruiting, protesting the company responsible for the manufacturing of napalm. Local police officers, functioning as campus security (a fateful decision by the president of the university), were authorized to use force to break up the demonstration, leading to a violent melee.

Understandably, this triggered a further politicization of

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