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Detroit Coalition to End the War Now! Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR000627
Part 1: The papers in this collection primarily consist of correspondence, mailings and other general materials of the workings of DCEWN, with a portion pertaining specifically to NPAC. For additional information on DCEWN and James Lafferty, see the James Lafferty Collection. Series 1: 1969-1972 Correspondence, clippings, leaflets, mailings, and other general materials on topics relating to the anti-war movement and the organization of DCEWN.

Series 2: 1970-1973 Leaflets, pamphlets, lists, and newsletters from a variety of sources that served as resources to DCEWN.
Part 2: Part 2 of the collection consists mainly of materials that cover the organization efforts for the large scale mobilizations of the NPAC and DCEWN in Oct. 1970 and April-May 1971. There are also anti-war news publications, clippings, and correspondence from James Lafferty. Materials from various other anti-war organizations are also represented in the records.

Dates

  • 1970 - 1973

Creator

Access

Files in boxes 4-8 are closed at the request of the donor; materials in boxes 1-3 and box 9 are open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

4.5 Linear Feet (9MB)

Abstract

In 1969 supporters of the peace movement gathered to discuss Detroit participation in a national convention of the New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (New Mobe). The result of this gathering was the formation of the Detroit Coalition to End the War Now! (DCEWN). This group became one of the most influential anti-war organizations both in Detroit and nationwide. The Coalition was highly visible by means of demonstrations, teach-ins, press coverage, leaflets and mailings. It also generated a great deal of public involvement and support.

The papers in Part 1 primarily consist of correspondence, mailings and other general materials of the workings of DCEWN, with a portion pertaining specifically to NPAC.

Part 2 of the collection consists mainly of materials that cover the organization efforts for the large scale mobilizations of the NPAC and DCEWN in Oct. 1970 and April-May 1971. There are also anti-war news publications, clippings, and correspondence from James Lafferty. Materials from various other anti-war organizations are also represented in the records.

History

In 1969 supporters of the peace movement gathered to discuss Detroit participation in a national convention of the New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (New Mobe). The result of this gathering was the formation of the Detroit Coalition to End the War Now! (DCEWN). This group became one of the most influential anti-war organizations both in Detroit and nationwide.

DCEWN was composed of a small body of coordinators and a larger steering committee. Members of this committee included individuals from member groups of DCEWN, prominent Detroit citizens opposed to the war, and other DCEWN activists. The Coalition also relied on part and full-time volunteers to do the daily work of phone calling, mailings, soliciting funds and endorsements, press releases and conferences, and recruiting new volunteers. The Coalition was highly visible by means of demonstrations, teach-ins, press coverage, leaflets and mailings. It also generated a great deal of public involvement and support.

In Detroit, DCEWN was instrumental in the City Council passing peace resolutions and city-wide anti-war referenda, and gaining ongoing support and endorsement of the citizens for the anti-war cause.On a national level, in 1970 DCEWN and the Cleveland Area Peace Action Coalition (CAPAC) called for a new anti-war convention, as they perceived New Mobe as having departed from the single-issue mass action orientation. This joining together of DCEWN and CAPAC resulted in the formation of the National Peace Action Coalition (NPAC), a very influential anti-war organization.DCEWN maintained strong ties with NPAC, having been instrumental in its founding and the continued strength of the organization. James Lafferty was a coordinator of both organizations.

Arrangement

Part 1: Arranged in two series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), and Series 2 (Box 3).

Series 1: The files arranged alphabetically by topic or type of material and chronologically within each folder.

Series 2: The files are arranged alphabetically by source or type of material.
Part 2: Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collections.

Numbering continues from closed files.

Acquisition

Part 1: The papers of the Detroit Coalition to End the War Now! were placed in the Archives of Urban and Labor Affairs by James Lafferty in January of 1974 and opened for research in December of 1990.
Part 2: The Detroit Coalition to End the War Now! Records, Part 2 were acquired by the Reuther Library on April 2, 1984.

Related Materials

James Lafferty Papers

Processing History

Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Title
Detroit Coalition to End the War Now! Records
Status
completed
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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