Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

4-2018

Abstract

Two important elements of the anti-Vietnam war movement were the student protests and religious pacifism, but the overlap of the two areas is rarely examined. What were college students nationwide doing during that time, and how did the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University differ from both secular and other Catholic colleges? How did Catholicism affect the CSB|SJU anti-war movement from 1965-1968? I examine student newspapers from this time to see how the language and rhetoric used in student’s letters to the editor and opinion pieces reflected Catholic sentiments and theological arguments worldwide. I then reflect on how they compared to the secular movement. The anti-war movement at CSB and SJU found itself in a singular position, informed by a Benedictine Catholicism—quite different from other Catholic universities—that framed its unique response to the Vietnam War in this period.

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