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The Catonsville Nine: An American Story

Shawn Francis Peters


On May 17th, 1968, a group of Catholic antiwar activists burst into a draft board in suburban Baltimore, stole hundreds of Selective Service records (which they called “death certificates”), and burned the documents in a fire fueled by homemade napalm. The bold actions of the “Catonsville Nine” quickly became international news and captured headlines throughout the summer and fall of 1968 when the activists, defended by radical attorney William Kunstler, were tried in federal court. This book, written by a Catonsville native, offers a comprehensive account of this key event in the history of t ... More

Keywords: Catholic antiwar activists, Baltimore, Selective Service, death certificates, Catonsville Nine, William Kunstler, Vietnam, American foreign policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199827855
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827855.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shawn Francis Peters, author
Center for Educational Opportunity, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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