America Abroad

Clinton and the Draft: A Personal Testimony

This is a glimpse into the past -- the fall of 1969 -- and into the lives of two Americans abroad, Frank Aller and Bill Clinton. I shared with them a sparsely furnished row house in Oxford. Frank was there to learn about Chinese history and culture; Bill's field, not surprisingly, was political science. But in addition to our formal studies, we were enrolled in a permanent, floating, teacherless seminar on Vietnam. Like many of our contemporaries, we felt that the war was profoundly wrong. Many of us had to decide what to do if we were ordered by our government...

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