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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

This Week In '66 - The Draft


With Lynn Peril

In early December 1966, a four-day conference attended by academics, politicians, military strategists, and students discussed the future of the draft law, which was set to expire the following year. The war in Vietnam lent added incentive to change the draft’s inequities, and sent hundreds of young men over the border into Canada. Also in the news this week in ‘66, a vandal slashes paintings hanging in the U.S. Capitol in what was suspected to be the worst attack on the building since 1814. 


“Margaret Mead Favors the Drafting of Women, Too,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 7, 1966, 4. 

“Four Paintings in Capitol Cut; Vandal Caught,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 7, 1966, 1. 

Barr, Malcolm, “Memory of Bombing Still Lingers,” Oranlando Evening Star, December 7, 1966, 6. 

“Tries to Pass Note to Caroline Kennedy,” The Chicago Tribune, December 9, 1965, 35. 

Koziol, Ronald, “S.D.S. to Widen Draft Protest,” The Chicago Tribune, December 10, 1966, 15. 

Draft conference resolves nothing

Janson, Donald, “Volunteer Army Favored at Chicago U. Draft Parley,” New York Times, December 8, 1966, 5. 

Jackson, Donald, “Evading the Draft: Who, How and Why,” Life, December 9, 1966, 40.