April 22, 2008
Written by Kelly Kleinsteuber
The recent resurgence of political activism among college students mirrors the efforts
made by college students during the Vietnam War.
According to Robert Milam, assistant professor of history and interim director of the Center for War and Diplomacy in the Post-Vietnam Era, students’ involvement with the upcoming election parallels the participation of students in the presidential election of 1968.
Students strongly supported Robert Kennedy and his anti-war campaign, Milam said. Even after they lost some of their fervor after his assassination in June of ’68, they still were active in the election process.
The majority of students could not even vote in that election because then the voting age was 21 years old.
"Even after the voting age dropped down from 21," Milam said, "students didn’t think voting was important and they never got that back until this year."
CONTACT: Ron Milam, assistant professor of history and interim director of the Center for War & Diplomacy in the Post Vietnam, (806) 742-3742 or firstname.lastname@example.org