Archive for June 25th, 2009

Draft Dodgers, Deserters, and Resisters: A Blast From the Past

In these jingoistic days of hyper-patriotism, where the anti-war movement is all but dead, it’s easy to forget that there was a time, not so many decades ago, when things were any other way. The Viet Nam war was (for good or bad) the high point of the anti-war movement, a national – even international – achievement that has not been, and probably never will be, replicated.

When I went through school, the Viet Nam war was barely covered in history classes, and opposition to it received little more than an offhand mention somewhere in a brief discussion of the civil-rights movement. The truth, of course, is a bit more involved.

I can’t do anything about the shortcomings of the American educational system, but if you’re interested in learning a bit more about the folks who fled the United States to escape compulsory military service during Viet Nam, I strongly suggest you check out this collection of archival recordings from the Canadian Broadcasting Corportation (25MB, 55-minute MP3 file), which is a truly fascinating look at who dodged the draft or deserted from military service, how they did it, and why.

Published in: General, History | on June 25th, 2009 | Comments Off on Draft Dodgers, Deserters, and Resisters: A Blast From the Past