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In his April 1994 interview with Ron Chepesiuk, Bill Ayers detailed his part in the 60s Radical Movement. Ayers described his motivations for joining the Students for a Democratic Society community, the Weather Underground, and his eventual leading of the groups. He covered several issues of the anti-war movement, including communism, radicalism, social hierarchies, government distractions, bombings, and the Vietnam War. Ayers focused greatly on educational reform and the educational aspects of joining a social movement. This interview was conducted for inclusion into the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections Oral History Program.
1 hour, 40 minutes
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School reform movement, 1960s, parent-teacher relationships, race, racism, government interaction, poverty, urban failure, school failure, resource allocation, society, educational system, self-entitlement, selfishness, Radicals in Profession, Children’s Community School, Vietnam draft, capitalism, Bill Clinton, radicalism, social hierarchy, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), “Vietnamization”, Vietnam War, Weather Underground, anti-war movement, capitol bombing, communism, Leftist
Sixties Radicals, Then and Now: Candid Conversations with Those Who Shaped the Era © 2008  Ron Chepesiuk by permission of McFarland & Company, Inc., Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640. www.mcfarlandpub.com.