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The Resistance Collected Records


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

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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The Resistance was an American movement which grew out of opposition to the Vietnam War and to the introduction of a new draft law, effective July 1967, which was interpreted as "an attempt to buy off student dissent." Moving from protest rhetoric to public dissent actions, the Resistance members demonstrated non-cooperation with Selective Service by burning their draft cards on April 15, 1967. On October 16, 1967 thousands turned in their draft cards as a political statement that conscience would not be intimidated by the threat of imprisonment. The Resistance had cells in many cities across the United States. It also had an English counterpart called "Stop It", composed of Americans living in Great Britain who appealed to fellow Americans there to oppose the Vietnam War draft.

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for the records of this organization.

The Philadelphia cell of Resistance is listed in this catalog under "Philadelphia Resistance"

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