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Title:Oral History - William Peterson
Author(s):Schwartz, Olivia
Subject(s):William Peterson
oral history
student activism
anti-Vietnam War activism
student riots
Abstract:William Peterson was born in Harvard, Illinois in December of 1947, and attended the University of Illinois in 1965. Peterson attended the University as a history major, and upon receiving his draft notice, decided to enlist in the Air Force. In this interview, he describes anti-war activism on the University of Illinois campus before he was deployed, as well as his duties overseas. Peterson returned to Illinois for graduate school in 1975 after various missions from the Air Force throughout Vietnam and the Pacific. Even though Peterson felt as though he missed the largest riots and protest movements on campus, he describes what he witnessed as well as what occurred at the university through his absence. Peterson discusses the way soldiers were portrayed on campus and throughout the United States as well as his personal views on activism and the Vietnam War.
Issue Date:2013-01
Course / Semester:History 396; Fall 2012
Mireya Loza, Instructor
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-03-11

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