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Sit-in at Peterson Building, University of Wisconsin-Madison, May 1966.
On May 16, 1966, more than 200 UW students staged a sit-in to protest the university’s endorsement of and facilitation of tests conducted by the draft board, and by extension, the support of the war in Vietnam.
As Matthew Levin puts it in his 2009 dissertation, “The Sixties and the Cold War University,” the sit-in at the Peterson Building was a pivotal event in the protest movement at UW-Madison:
The draft sit-in is not the most remembered of the protests that took place at the University of Wisconsin in the sixties, perhaps because it ended peacefully, but even as it has been overshadowed by events such as the 1967 Dow Chemical Company protests, the 1969 Black Strike, and the 1970 bombing of Sterling Hall, it sits in many ways at the center of sixties history. It represents the strength of what came to be known as the New Left in Madison, a strength that made the University of Wisconsin a leader of student activism in the sixties, and it was both a culmination of the many threads that had been developing since the end of World War II and a marker of a new era.
via: UW-Madison Archives by way of University of Wisconsin Digital Collections