1940-1949

May 23, 1940

Over 800 people attend the All-University Peace Convocation. Students use the slogan “Cannon fodder age students are determined to stay out of war.”

All-University Peace Convocation, 1940

All-University Peace Convocation, 1940

October, 1940 The United League for Liberal Action protests against compulsory registration for selective service.
1944

The University Club refuses to accommodate Arthur E. Burke, an African-American graduate student planning to complete his doctoral studies in English. After faculty and student protests, Burke is allowed to rent a room. Students had been involved actively in discriminatory housing issues since at least 1940.

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December 3, 1945

Approximately 40 students hold a rally against peacetime conscription on the Capitol steps.

Draft protest, 1945

Draft protest, 1945