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The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973

The purpose of the project is to document the experiences, background, and life trajectories of participants in “the Movement,” the term used by group leaders to describe a diverse collection of activists that coalesced at and around Stanford University from about 1963 to 1973, especially although not exclusively in opposition to the Vietnam War. Project organizers aim to further document the Movement’s political objectives and activities and its social and cultural milieu; to illuminate the interconnections between various activist groups and issues; and to share lessons learned with new generations of activists. They also hope to record the impact of the events of that time on participants’ personal identities, careers, and ongoing political involvement as well as their impact on Stanford and the surrounding community.


The project steering committee was comprised of: Janet Cooper Alexander, Margie Cohn, Art Eisenson, Jeanne Friedman, David Pugh, Merle Rabine, Dave Ransom, Lenny Siegel, and Marc Weiss. Merle Rabine served as project coordinator.


Support for this and other Stanford Community History Toolkit projects was provided by the Stanford Associates, the Stanford Historical Society, and the Stanford University Archives. More information about activism at Stanford is available in Spotlight.

Oral Histories

2019 | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Interviewer: Culhane, Molly
In this interview, Dr. Elizabeth H. Braunstein discusses her involvement with activism at and around Stanford in the late 1960s and early 1970s. She discusses her early involvement with activism, including as a participant in the demonstrations against the Vietnam War at the Pentagon. She talks...
2019 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Interviewer: Ochavillo, Vanessa
In discussing his campus activism, Arthur M. Eisenson moves through his involvement with the Stanford Committee for Peace in Vietnam (SCPV), Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Venceremos and the Revolutionary Union, and the April Third Movement (A3M), especially the sit-ins at the Applied...
2019 | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Interviewer: Haye, Amanda Eve
Gerry Foote discusses her role as an anti-Vietnam War organizer at Stanford University from the late 1960s through the early 1970s. Foote explores her work with the Bay Area Revolutionary Union and Venceremos, the gender dynamics of radical campus movements, her role in the Henry Cabot Lodge...
2019 | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Interviewer: Hayes, Amanda Eve
Glenda Jones, former employee of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and former president of United Stanford Employees, discusses her involvement in various activist causes during the 1960s and 1970s. Jones highlights her work with the union, her involvement in feminist groups, and her artistic...
2019 | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Interviewer: Beckman, Caroline
Susan “Sue” McKevitt begins her oral history by discussing her childhood in New York City and her unique upbringing as a “red diaper baby,” the child of two parents who were part of the American Communist Party. She speaks about her mother’s efforts to run an egalitarian household and her early...
2019 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Interviewer: Ochavillo, Vanessa
David Pugh describes how he became involved in activism at Stanford in the late 1960s and discusses how the Stanford chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and other student activists put pressure on the university to end military research that supported the Vietnam War. He also...
2019 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Interviewer: Ochavillo, Vanessa
Marc Weiss discusses joining Students for a Democratic Society at Stanford during his freshmen year and recounts some of the highlights of his experiences as an activist at Stanford, including his involvement with the production Alice in ROTC Land, the disruption of a board of trustees meeting,...