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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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Repression, Harassment, Intimidation

Repression, Harassment, Intimidation

Crushing the Coffeehouses

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Dangerous Grounds

David L. Parsons

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the various forms of resistance that coffeehouse activists faced from the towns and bases in which they built their projects. From physical attacks on coffeehouses from local vigilantes, to targeted legal campaigns from local law enforcement, to direct shutdowns and challenges from military officials, GI activism brought a wave of negative attention from a number of different social and institutional forces. This chapter shows how the towns and cities in which coffeehouses operated had significant socioeconomic interest in maintaining their historically beneficial relationships with the American military, and thus viewed coffeehouses and GI activism with a mix of skepticism, anger, and antagonism.

Keywords:   Ku Klux Klan, HUAC, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, USSF, Vigilante violence, Anti-communism

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