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Wayne Lauser Collected Papers


Held at: Swarthmore College Peace Collection [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore 19081-1399

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Wayne Lauser; Wayne Paul Lauser; born 1946; raised in Media, Pennsylvania; Quaker; conscientious objector during the Vietnam War; worked for six months in a Cleveland hospital in alternative service, but he felt that this seemed like "the easy way out" and that even this concession to a system he deplored was more than his personal morality and religious convictions would allow. "I went to Cleveland to perform my alternative service and only later realized that I was also conscientiously opposed to conscription as well and would have to return my draft cards." On July 1. 1969, Lauser quit his alternative service and began a 500-mile walk to Washington, D.C. to turn in his draft cards and cancel his registration with the Selective Service; he served fourteen months in federal prisons in Allenwood, Pennsylvania and Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

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