Today in NC State History: A peaceful protest of Vietnam War

April 16, 2012
By Bill Krueger

PrintThe Vietnam War was the subject of demonstrations, some peaceful and some not, at college campuses throughout the country. NC State was no exception, although the protests here were typically more sedate than those experienced at many other universities.

On this day in 1972, about 2,000 students staged a peaceful march to the State Capitol to protest the bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong in North Vietnam. The march at NC State was in stark contrast to student protests that shut down institutions such as Stanford University, Columbia University and Amherst, according an account by Alice Elizabeth Reagan in North Carolina State University: A Narrative History.

vietnamwar1“…but N.C. State students frequently demonstrated that they were as concerned about Vietnam as their counterparts at other colleges and universities,” Reagan wrote.

Later in that year, Chancellor John T. Caldwell informed the Board of Trustees that “normalcy reigned” at NC State. The Technician, meanwhile, bemoaned the lack of student activism on campus, saying it had been replaced by student apathy.

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One Response to “Today in NC State History: A peaceful protest of Vietnam War”

  1. Ron says:

    I remember coming back to Raleigh from living in California and being amazed at the lack of anti-war protests. It was slow to get here and never as strong as in other university towns and cities.

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