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McKevitt, Susan

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The Movement Oral History Project: Antiwar Protest and Allied Activism in the Stanford Community, 1963-1973
Beckman, Caroline
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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 exposure to activism, participating in her first demonstration at age fourteen. McKevitt describes coming to Stanford with her ex-husband and two children, the process of becoming “dorm parents,” and how she joined the activist community in and around Stanford, especially the Revolutionary Union (RU). She also speaks about the difficulty of balancing home life and activism and the sometimes difficult gender dynamics of the movement itself.

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