SDS and recollections of a '60s radical
Vietnam era , Vietnam war , protest , Students for a Democratic Society , student groups
During the 1960s in Denver, Colorado, Gary McCool was an activist in the civil rights movement and especially in the anti-Vietnam War movement. His activism developed out of a growing awareness of the injustices in the country at the time and was largely centered on the Vietnam War. As a graduate student in History at the University of Denver, Gary and a doctoral student at DU formed a campus chapter of the New Left student group Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). In this presentation, Gary will discuss the roots of SDS, the influence of its founding document – the Port Huron Statement – and a particular anti-war protest at DU in 1966 involving then Secretary of State Dean Rusk.