A Decade of Dissent: Student Protests at the University of Michigan in the 1960s


Vietnam protest

Students gather on the University of Michigan's
Central Campus to protest the Vietnam War.
From UM News & Information Services collection,
Box E-5

During the 1960s, college campuses around the country became sites of fervent change. Universities were no longer insular ivory towers but rather hot spots of student political activity. The University of Michigan was no different, and found itself on the forefront of this student activism.

Vietnam Rally Sign

John F. Kennedy's midnight speech at the Michigan Union on October 14, 1960, in which he proposed what would later become the Peace Corps, proved to be a catalyst for student empowerment. Students rallied behind the idea, excited to do their part to help the global community. This enthusiasm spread to concerns in the United States, concerns that ranged from local campus issues to US foreign policy. This online exhibit hopes to explore these issues and the protests that resulted from them.

The exhibit will concentrate mainly on the late sixties, the time period when most of the student protests occurred at the University of Michigan.

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This online exhibit was created Fall 2006 by Glenda Insua and Teresa Hebron, graduate students at the University of Michigan School of Information.