On October 15, 1965, in a demonstration staged by the student-run National Coordinating Committee to End the War in Vietnam, the first public burning of a draft card in the United States takes place.

David Miller burning his draft card, 1965.

David Miller burning his draft card, 1965.

These demonstrations drew 100,000 people in 40 cities across the country. In New York, David Miller, a young Catholic pacifist, became the first U.S. war protestor to burn his draft card in direct violation of a recently passed law forbidding such acts. Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation later arrested him; he was tried, found guilty, and sentenced to two years imprisonment.

1969 moratorium protest

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3 responses

  1. gpcox says:

    I did not approve of the burnings, but I did understand their reasoning.

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