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TA strike

Notably absent from this review is the strike called by the TAs in, I think,late 1966.The English department was not particularly radicalized, and many of us tended to our responsibilities. However, the university retaliated against everyone by not applying to our respective draft boards for the teaching exemptions we were entitled to. We all were immediately drafted and ordered to Milwaukee for a physical. Bus loads of us made the trip. I received a letter from my NYC board to report to Fort Dix in two months. I appealed and requested a year's exemption to complete my PhD, after which I would comply. I actually needed two years to finish, but with help from the department, I finished within that year and was hired by Tulane without the degree in hand and thankfully received an exemption.


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