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Notes on newspaper articles about
West Chester (Pennsylvania) in 1966

by Jim Jones

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This file contains notes on articles that appeared in various newspapers (mostly the Daily Local News) in 1966. They have been edited for punctuation, spelling and grammar by Jim Jones of the History Department.

Disclaimer: These notes were collected for specific research projects. They do not include all of the articles in any issue, nor do they contain all of the information in any particular article. While every reasonable effort was made to insure its accuracy, the information on this website is presented AS IS without warranty, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy, timeliness, or completeness. It is intended as a resource for historians, and nothing more. To report an error, make a comment, or submit notes on additional articles, please contact Dr. Jim Jones.

 


1966/03/01
"Angry Debate Nears End on War Fund Bill" in Daily Local News (March 1, 1966), [Notes by Michael Cooke, 2011]

The debate over President Johnson's War Fund Bill gets heated on Capitol Hill. Many leading Republicans start speaking out against the war.


1966/03/01
"U.S. Death Toll Should Prove Chips Are Down in Viet Nam" in Daily Local News (March 1, 1966), [Notes by Michael Cooke, 2011]

The American death toll in Vietnam hit 2,200, which shows that the war could take anywhere from another three to seven years.


1966/03/02
"Viet Nam War Must Stop, Speaker Says" in Daily Local News (March 2, 1966), [Notes by Michael Cooke, 2011]

Alexander Gabriel, who is the dean of newspaper correspondents at the UN, spoke to a group at West Chester State College about the war in Vietnam and how it must stop to prevent a catastrophic nuclear holocaust.


1966/03/03
"Senate's Great Debate on War in Viet Nam Is in a Short Lull" in Daily Local News (March 3, 1966), [Notes by Michael Cooke, 2011]

Debate over the war in Vietnam has taken a short break in the Senate after weeks of heated debate over whether or not to intensify the war.


1966/03/03
"20,000 More Troops Going to Viet Nam" in Daily Local News (March 3, 1966), [Notes by Michael Cooke, 2011]

Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara announced that US troops in Vietnam will be increased by 20,000, bringing the total number of troops to 235,000.


1966/03/04
"Viet Nam Issues To Be Discussed at State College" in Daily Local News (March 4, 1966), [Notes by Michael Cooke, 2011]

An informal open discussion on the war in Vietnam will be held at West Chester State College and will feature a panel of professors from multiple Pennsylvania state colleges.


1966/03/13
"Kennett Captain Recounts Many Problems Facing the Vietnamese" in Daily Local News (March 13, 1966), [Notes by Michael Cooke, 2011]

Ten months after Lee Cozanitis returned from South Viet Nam he spoke to Dave Yaeck of the Daily Local News to discuss his experience in the war, and how he believes America's presence in Vietnam is necessary.


1966/03/19
"Viet Nam War Hurts U.S. Prestige Abroad" in Daily Local News (March 19, 1966), [Notes by Michael Cooke, 2011]

The United States, in the eyes of most foreigners, has slipped from the high point of the Cuban Missile Crisis as a result of the war in Viet Nam.


1966/03/23
"Rallies Planned to Protest U.S. Part in War" in Daily Local News (March 23, 1966), [Notes by Michael Cooke, 2011]

A three-day nationwide series of rallies and street demonstrations against the war in Viet Nam began on the one year anniversary of the first teach-in against the war that was held at the University of Michigan.


1966/03/24
"Protests Against Viet Nam War Reaching Peak Today" in Daily Local News (March 24, 1966), [Notes by Michael Cooke, 2011]

The second annual series of protests against the US involvement in Vietnam reached its peak on this day with rallies from Paris to Pearl Harbor, and from New Delhi to New York City.


1966/03/28
"Anti-War protests spread from U.S. to Europe" in Daily Local News (March 28, 1966), [Notes by Michael Cooke, 2011]

Rallies and protests against the war in Viet Nam have spread to Europe. Groups in France, England, and other European nations have been speaking out against the war.


1966/04/06
"Vietnamese Graduate Student Talks to Students at 2 Junior High Schools" in Daily Local News (April 6, 1966), [Notes by Michael Cooke, 2011]

Check Wing Tsoi, a graduate student from the University of Pennsylvania spent time talking to students at North and Stetson Junior High Schools about the war in Viet Nam.


1966/04/10
"Viet Nam Debate, Slated by Youth Republicans" in Daily Local News (April 10, 1966), [Notes by Michael Cooke, 2011]

A public debate on the US involvement in Vietnam is going to be held by the Upper Main Line Young Republican club at the Allstate Insurance co on 202. There will be professors to speak in favor and also against the US' involvement.


1966/04/12
"Bram Pins Campaign on Viet Nam Issue" in Daily Local News (April 12, 1966), [Notes by Michael Cooke, 2011]

Independent congressional candidate Harold Bram who worked as a professor of sociology at West Chester State College pinned his campaign on the Viet Nam issue saying it's important for voters to speak out now for an end to the war.


1966/04/23
"War-Weary People Insult Demonstrators" in Daily Local News (April 23, 1966), [Notes by Michael Cooke, 2011]

Six anti-war Americans came home from a week long sojourn in South Viet Nam, during which they were insulted and abused by the war-weary people. The one conference ended with students hurling eggs at the pacifists saying "you're either with us or against us."


1966/04/26
"Congressional Candidate Calls Peacemaker Force in Viet Nam" in Daily Local News (April 23, 1966), [Notes by Michael Cooke, 2011]

Dr. Charles Butler, who is a candidate for the Republican nomination in the Ninth Congressional District, said that he is against the war in Viet Nam, but as long as the US has troops there they should be supported 100%


1966/04/30
"Webster Urges Early Elections By Vietnamese" in Daily Local News (April 30, 1966), [Notes by Michael Cooke, 2011]

Elwood Webster, who is a candidate for the Ninth District Republican nomination, said that "I don't believe that we will win in Vietnam, but we've proved a point. We will hit communism whenever it gets out of line."


1966/05/04
"Edmond Colletta Calls for More Rapid Escalation of Viet War" in Daily Local News (May 5, 1966), [Notes by Michael Cooke, 2011]

Edmond Colletta, who is a candidate in the ninth district for the Republican nomination, called for a more rapid escalation of the Vietnam War in order to back the troops fighting communism.


1966/05/07
"Kennett Soldier Wins Posthumous Medal for Valor" in Daily Local News (May 7, 1966), [Notes by Michael Cooke, 2011]

Robert Davis, a soldier from Kennett Square, gave his life in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with "V" for Valor.


1966/05/20
"The Draft: A Fact of Life Avoided Like the Plague" in Daily Local News (May 20, 1966), [Notes by Michael Cooke, 2011]

Secretary of Defense McNamara spoke about how the draft is unfair and how it needs to be changed. McNamara proposed a plan that would make it mandatory for all people to serve a mandatory 2 years in the armed forces or Peace Corps.


1966/07/09
Daily Local News "What Council Asks" (July 9, 1966) [notes by Chris Clancy 2011]

The Human Relations council picketed outside local real estate brokers in West Chester to demand equal opportunity housing.


1966/08/15
Daily Local News "Plan Demonstration" (August 15, 1966) [notes by Chris Clancy 2011]

The Human Relations Council planned a demonstration to protest unfair hiring practices in West Chester businesses.


1966/08/23
Daily Local News (August 23, 1966) [notes by Chris Clancy 2011]

Rev. Anderson Porter of the Human Relations Council urged the West Chester School District to make necessary changes to ensure the success of minority students.


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