Harvard Student Strike and Protest Collection compiled by the Harvard College Class of 1970
- Harvard College (1780- ). Class of 1970 (compiler., Organization)
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Extent1.33 cubic feet (2 flat boxes and 35 folders)
2 objects (2 armbands)
2 Volumes (1 newspaper and 1 examination booklet)
Historical note on the 1969 Harvard strike
In reaction to the University’s response to student and faculty concerns, the Harvard chapter of the Students for a Democratic Society planned a protest. On April 9, 1969, approximately 30 students staged a takeover of Harvard’s University Hall. The protesters forced the administration and staff members from the premises, chained the doors shut, and staged a sit-in until the early morning of April 10. Their eight demands were to abolish ROTC; restore scholarships to the Paine Hall demonstrators; replace ROTC scholarships with Harvard scholarships; roll back rent increases in university-owned apartments; prevent University Road apartments from being torn down to make room for the Kennedy complex; prevent homes in Roxbury from being torn down for the expansion of Harvard Medical School; establish a Black studies program; and to end the Vietnam War. On the morning of April 10, 1969, the Harvard administration called in the Cambridge police and the Massachusetts State Police to remove the protesters from the building, which had grown to an estimated 500 students. The altercation turned violent as the police used billy clubs and mace to break up the protest. This violence only escalated tensions between the Harvard community and the administration, resulting in Harvard students boycotting classes until April 17, when the faculty convinced the students to return to classes on the promise on increasing student representation to the university administration.
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- Dissenters (Artistic) -- United States
- Harvard College (1780- ). Class of 1970
- Harvard University -- Posters
- Harvard University -- Riot, April 9, 1969
- Harvard University -- Student strike, 1969
- Harvard University -- Student unrest
- Harvard University -- Students -- Humor -- Periodicals
- Harvard University -- Students -- Political activity
- Harvard University -- Relations with Cambridge (Mass.)
- Harvard University -- Student strike, 1969. -- Posters.
- Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970.
- Prints, American -- 20th century.
- Student movements -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge.
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge.
- Harvard College (1780- ). Class of 1970, compiler. Harvard Student Strike and Protest Collection compiled by the Harvard College Class of 1970 : an inventory
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- November 8, 2017
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