Students for a Democratic Society

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Students for a Democratic Society: The Tactical Debate The evolution of the Students for a Democratic Society was symptomatic of these difficulties. Founded in 1962, the movement grew during the middle of the decade as college students were politicized by the Vietnam War. For SDS leaders, this was something of a mixed blessing. They welcomed these new members but they objected to their narrow focus on the war. According to these more ambitious reformers, the war was only one of the many problems rooted in America’s capitalist and imperialist system. Beyond ending the war, America needed a much deeper social and political transformation—one that re-distributed wealth and political power. But among the masses of students drawn to the SDS by their opposition to the war, there was little interest in this more broadly focused message. As a result, the SDS split into differing interpretive factions. One group argued that real change would come only when the most oppressed members of American society—African Americans—took to the streets. White,
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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