ESSAY ...................... "An Oasis of Order" "An Oasis of Order" The Citadel, the 1960s, and the Vietnam Antiwar Movement by Alex Macaulay When we think of student protest in the 1960s, it's universities like Berkeley and Columbia that spring to mind--not southern institutions, and certainly not military colleges like The Citadel. As it turns out, though, Citadel cadets were not isolated from unrest. Photograph by Russell K. Pace, courtesy of The Citadel. n the spring of 1970, a few hours before dawn, a car passed through Lesesne Gate and entered The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. The driver was a former cadet who had resigned earlier in the school year for undisclosed reasons. Beside him sat a stack of papers with The Vigil emblazoned across the top of each sheet. For several months, the former cadet and two of his friends from the senior class had collaborated to produce the underground newspaper that exposed the alleged injustices, inequities, and censorship that plagued The Citadel's campus. When the cadets awoke for the 6:30 breakfast formation, they would take copies of the unauthorized publication and read its take on the administration's one-sided views of events occurring outside The
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Aug 29, 2005
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