Student Protests and Strikes at Northwestern University

Institution: Northwestern University - University Archives
Deering Library Level 1, Room 110

1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Phone: (847) 491-3354
Date: 1965-1979
Extent: .5 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
The development of student protests and strikes at Northwestern University reflected the national fusion of youth popular and alternative cultures with political activism of the 1960s and 1970s. Throughout these years, demonstrations stemmed mainly from opposition to military conflict in Vietnam, but also included national and international political issues, including the presence of the NROTC on campus, the Vietnam draft, the bombing of Southeast Asia, anti-Nixon sentiments, support for the Black Panthers and resistance to structural racism within the university.

Scope and Content Note:
The Student Protests and Strikes Collection consists of diverse materials that document political demonstrations and protests organized by students, spanning from August 1965 through October 1979. Each event included in this collection documents a segment of the history of Northwestern students’ political activism. The collection as a whole illustrates the ascendance of political activism among NU students and faculty, both as the product of individual actors and circumstances affecting the NU community as well as the product of the state of American youth at large.

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