From 2016 through 2020, numerous student interns from the Office of the Bicentennial undertook the task of digging into the history of Indiana University and writing about unknown people, places, and events.
From the mid-1960's onward a number of Midwestern schools became embroiled in protests over civil rights, the Vietnam War, women's liberation, and the rights of students. Among those schools was Indiana University. This exhibit showcases archival materials related to major demonstrations, strikes and protests at Indiana University during the 1960s.
Student unrest was at a high point in 1970 after nearly a decade of student protests at Indiana University, especially towards the end of the 60's. It was no surprise, then, that this unrest reached a boiling point when President Nixon announced U.S. involvement in Cambodia. This exhibit documents the events of the I.U. Cambodia Strikes of 1970, including the initial response to Nixon's announcement of U.S. involvement in Cambodia; campus reactions to the Kent State shootings; and the days following the rally. Most of the archival materials in this exhibit come from the Indiana Daily Student newspaper and the Arbutus, IU's student yearbook.
This grassroots view of student activism in the 1960s chronicles the years of protest at one Midwestern university. Located in a region of farmland, conservative politics, and traditional family values, Indiana University was home to the antiwar protestors, civil rights activists, members of the counterculture, and feminists who helped change the heart of Middle America. Its students made their voices heard on issues from such local matters as dorm curfews and self-governance to national issues of racism, sexism, and the Vietnam War. Their recognition that the personal was the political would change them forever. The protest movement they helped shape would reach into the heart-land in ways that would redefine higher education, politics, and cultural values. Based on research in primary sources, interviews, and FBI files, Dissent in the Heartland reveals the Midwestern pulse of the Sixties, beating firmly, far from the elite schools and urban centers of the East and West.
This exhibit showcases archival materials related to major demonstrations, strikes and protests at Indiana University during the 1960s. It presents the rich history of student activism that is an integral part of what IU is today.
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