Maurice Isserman, the Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History, was quoted in a Washington Post article concerning the 50th anniversary of the Pentagon March to protest the Vietnam War.
Isserman also was one of 20 eyewitnesses who were asked by the New York Times to help tell the story of the march.
In October, 1967, organizers for the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam announced that on Oct. 21, antiwar protesters would march en masse past the Lincoln Memorial, across the Memorial Bridge all the way to the front steps of the Pentagon.
The Washington Post article, “The day anti-Vietnam War protesters tried to levitate the Pentagon,” said, “It was an early test of that fall’s new motto, ‘from protest to resistance,’ and a concrete shift in the “tone and tactics of the antiwar movement,” according to Maurice Isserman, a history professor at Hamilton College, who attended the Pentagon march as a 16-year-old high school student.”
“Isserman and more than 100 others plan to demonstrate once again in Washington as part of a two-day retrospective event organized by the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee,” according to the article.
In the New York Times piece, Isserman said: “Helicopters, already as much the icon of the Vietnam War as jeeps and Sherman tanks had been for the Second World War, whop-whop-whopped overhead, doubtless keeping close tabs for the authorities on the progress of the march, while reminding us of why we were there.”