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Tom Eamon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469606972

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469606989_eamon

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Dirges in the Dark

Dirges in the Dark

(p.116) Chapter Five Dirges in the Dark
The Making of a Southern Democracy

Tom Eamon

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses peace groups, and how they grew on college campuses. The more privileged sons of North Carolina—the ones who could afford to go to college and thus gain long-term student draft deferments—began to feel threatened as the war expanded. So far, the war had been fought disproportionately by youth from the working class. They, their families, and North Carolina's large military community felt a sense of betrayal when reading of or witnessing on the screen the loud protestations from Chapel Hill or California. North Carolina elites, corporate and political, also seethed. Many of their college-age sons and daughters inched toward sympathy for the demonstrators, fearing that they or their loved ones might be drafted to fight in an ever-expanding tropical hell.

Keywords:   peace groups, college campuses, privileged, North Carolina, draft deferments, working class

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