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Dangerous GroundsAntiwar Coffeehouses and Military Dissent in the Vietnam Era$
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David L. Parsons

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469632018

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632018.001.0001

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Setting Up Shop

Setting Up Shop

Coffeehouses Land in America’s Army Towns

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Dangerous Grounds

David L. Parsons

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the impetus behind the GI coffeehouse concept, following writer and organizer Fred Gardner as he and other activists begin building a coffeehouse network in a number of base towns around the country. In 1968 a "Summer of Support" brings more people and resources, as large national antiwar organizations join the effort to bring attention to the growing GI movement against the Vietnam War. Placing the coffeehouse phenomenon within the wider context of GI and military dissent in the late 1960s and early 1970s, this chapter shows how antiwar groups began to focus on the American military as an important site of resistance.

Keywords:   Students for a Democratic Society, New Left, HUAC, GI Movement, Howard Levy, North Beach, San Francisco, Killeen, Texas, Fort Hood, Fort Jackson, Fort Lewis

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