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“You Get the Kind of Freedom You Fight For”

Shawn Francis Peters

in The Catonsville Nine

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827855
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950140 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827855.003.0002
“You Get the Kind of Freedom You Fight For”

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Philip Berrigan was drawn to the idea of storming draft boards after he attended an antiwar conference at the University of Chicago. There was much talk at the conference about impeding the war effort by devising innovative strategies for “shutting down the Selective Service process,” Berrigan recalled. He wondered if the easiest way to protect draft-age men from the scourge of war might be to make it more difficult—through an act of vandalism—for the government to find them. He asked himself, “What if draft boards didn't exist? What if the cards all got lost, or burned, or tossed into the sea? How would the government locate military-age males?”

Keywords: Philip Berrigan; vandalism; military-age males; antiwar effort; Selective Service; draft board

Chapter.  5818 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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