1968: The Global Revolutions

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The protests divided the campus throughout the occupation, although for most of the uprising the majority of students were critical of the demonstrators. Public figures from beyond the university also contributed their opinions. Dwight MacDonald, a writer and social critic, urged Professor Lionel Trilling (unsuccessfully) to take a sympathetic approach to supporting SDS. In the coming weeks the Grateful Dead would visit to perform in solidarity with the protesters. 

Macdonald, Dwight
Letter to Lionel Trilling, 1968
Lionel Trilling papers

“Rejoice with the Grateful Dead”
Event Flyer, 1968
University Protest and Activism Collection

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