AMERICAN NOTES: Walking for Peace

Long before the Galley conviction ignited new pain and anger over the Viet Nam War, Louise Bruyn, a diminutive teacher of modern dance and mother of three, fretted over her inability to express forcefully her opposition to the war. She is not a fiery speaker, felt no urge to organize. But she is a physically fit 40, with strong legs, and so she decided to walk—all the 450 miles from her home in Newton, Mass., to Washington. She carried some theses, à la Martin Luther, to deliver to the Capitol.

Bearing a 14-lb. orange backpack and wearing an orange windbreaker,...

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