Archive for Tuesday, May 15, 2012

40 years ago: Vietnam protest at KU postponed after lackluster attendance

May 15, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 15, 1972:

  • The previous week's Art in the Park, which had been forced to move indoors due to inclement weather, was getting a second chance today. Lawrence Art Guild organizers estimated a crowd of about 9,000 turned out today in South Park, wandering the exhibits and generating art sales of about $1,568.
  • A rally planned for this morning at Kansas University's Strong Hall by anti-war demonstrators had been postponed until tonight after only a handful of people gathered on the building's steps for the planned 11 a.m. event.
  • A bulletin on the first page of today's Journal-World announced that Alabama governor George C. Wallace had been shot this afternoon while campaigning at a shopping center. His condition was not yet known.


Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 10 months ago

Although the association is somewhat backwards, the headline for this article reminds me of a slogan that was commonly seen on placards and bumper stickers during the Vietnam war era:

"What if there was a war and nobody came?"

jhawkinsf 5 years, 10 months ago

I don't recall the exact dates, but by this date 40 years ago, it was the policy of the U.S. that draftees would not be sent to Vietnam, as the war was winding down. Eighteen year olds still had to register for the draft and could be sent elsewhere overseas. I also seem to recall that while 18 year old had to register for the draft, their induction was to be delayed for one year. All those registering were classified 1H (H for holding until your lottery number was determined). It would soon be the policy that the draft would effectively end.

Perhaps the poor turnout was nothing more than a case of enlightened self interest. No draft "for me", no need to protest.

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