Days Of Rage History

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The Days of Rage

Civil rights are rights that every person should have. These rights should apply to anyone no matter color, race, religion, or class. In 1969, many people began fighting for these rights. Although most thought violence was the only way to fix these problems, they were wrong. The Weathermen fought against the Vietnam War and racism. Although this was a big part in American history, it has been somewhat forgotten. This time was known as the Days of Rage.

The Days of Rage demonstrations took place in October 1969. The whole demonstration took a course of four days. It was organized by The Weathermen. This was a faction of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). It was composed of the national office
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They bombed the Capitol, broke Timothy Leary out of prison, and even evaded the FBI by going into hiding. Timothy Leary was a middle-aged college professor at Harvard. He was an influential leader of the psychedelic revolution. The Weathermen broke him out of prison because they saw him as a political prisoner held captive by the United States government and, against the will of the American people. Former Weathermen transformed from college activists into the FBI’s most wanted.…show more content…
They wrecked parked cars and smashed store windows. This is known as “The Days of Rage”, The first demonstration of the Weathermen, or as many people know now as The Weather Underground. (Chicagotribune.com). There were over 250 people arrested and about 34 injured. (The New York Times). In a single eighteen-month period, during 1971-1972, the FBI counted 2,500 bombs set off on American soil. If the mathis done, that’s about five a day. Very few of these bombs actually caused serious injuries. They were mostly set off at night or in government building bathrooms. The deadliest underground attack caused only the deaths of 4 people. This was the bombing of the Wall Street Restaurant. (PBS.org). The group's goal was to overthrow conservative and capitalist systems. They also tried to end the Vietnam war by creating mass violence.

Starting in the summer of 1970, The FBI’s most wanted posters featured pictures of Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn and a dozens of other people involved in the Weathermen organization and Days of Rage. These pictures were hung in every post office across the United States. Although the acts that caused the posters to be hung were very violent and caused injuries and deaths, they were also important to drawing attention to race relations and the Vietnam War. (The New York
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