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Campus Wars: The Peace Movement At American State Universities in the Vietnam Era
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Actually, although there may have been a "Youth Against War and Fascism" associated with Ed Wolkenstein and the CP, the one I was involved in was associated with the old and new left of the Marcyite faction called Workers World Party (WWP) that was a break off from the Socialist Workers Party (Trotskyist). In Buffalo it was associated with old leftists Ed and Jeanette Merrill not Ed Wolkenstein. The rest is accurate, including my expulsion from YAWF as mentioned in the last chapter.
More time should have been devoted to the case of Martin Sostre which was of great interest to the Buffalo Nine. The section about the Black riots in Buffalo would be improved with more research and coverage of this important firgure, a bookstore owner, who was championed by Amnesty International.
The volume tells of student protests, anti-war activities and divisive politics amongst youth from 1963-1972 at four large public universities: Michigan State, Kent State, State University of New York Buffalo and Penn State. The events at each institution during the Sixties are cogently put. The stories become mingled with events at other institutions in middle America in 1968-9 through 1972; the history becomes one with local events having national significance. (Kent State killings. What was said to Allison Krause's family after her death was and remains appalling.)
The author, Heineman, dispatches the notion that the big, significant demonstrations and riots in Berkeley and at institutions on the East Coast had much bearing on anti-War protests and demonstrations. The cauldron was in the Mid-West.