Vietnam War protesters and police clashed here

Vietnam War protesters and police clashed here (HMOY8)

Location: Madison, WI 53703 Dane County
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N 43° 4.515', W 89° 23.57'

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During the 1960s and early 1970s, many American college campuses smoldered over political issues, especially the draft and the Vietnam War. The University of Wisconsin, however, burst into a full blaze.

Groups demonstrated regularly on campus and State Street. Police sometimes responded with tear gas or even beatings. In 1967, radicals took control of the student movement, and vandalism of campus and State Street businesses became common. Many stores closed, moved or opened new locations to serve patrons afraid to come downtown. During the period of greatest unrest, the National Guard helped state and local police enforce curfews.

Following the deadly campus bombing of Sterling Hall in 1970, students began backing away from aggressive protests. Eventually the United States withdrew from Vietnam. And Madison police developed cooperative approaches to law enforcement, becoming a model for other cities.


Madison's movement against the Vietnam War turned violent during a 1967 protest against Dow Chemical Company. Students objected to Dow's campus recruiting because the company manufactured napalm, an incendiary weapon used by the United States in the war. Madison's unrest peaked in 1970. Four protesters bombed Sterling Hall, a University of Wisconsin building housing an army research lab, unintentionally killing one person.
HM NumberHMOY8
Year Placed2006
Placed ByCity of Madison
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Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 10:44am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 305198 N 4771950
Decimal Degrees43.07525000, -89.39283333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 4.515', W 89° 23.57'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 4' 30.90" N, 89° 23' 34.20" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 229 W Gilman St, Madison WI 53703, US
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