In the spring of 1970 this country seemed to be in the midst of significant social transformation. A decade of assassination had torn away gifted leaders, viral war permeated our lives, chronic racial hostilities had exploded, streets became battlegrounds. Through the turmoil of police, troops, and demonstrators floated other images: Martin Luther King at the Lincoln Memorial in support of civil rights legislation; Lyndon Johnson at Ellis Island signing the Immigration Act and at the Truman Library ratifying Medicare; Richard Nixon presiding simultaneously over the invasion of Cambodia and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Though it hardly seems possible now, the word "revolution" was in the air. Mortgage-bound readers perhaps dimly recalling the jargon and gestures of their tie-dyed youth should remember that not only successful rockers but also important political thinkers believed that, at the least, important changes were at hand. 1
The crisis enveloped the media centers from New York to California, and it penetrated as well the heart of middle America. It came to Lawrence, Kansas, in the spring of 1970, where I was in high school, seventeen years old. Random bombings ringed the area early in April, hitting Kansas City, Wichita, and Topeka, and contributing to Time magazine's announcement of a national turn "from rhetoric to arson." Attempted bombings dotted Lawrence until first a small business, and then the student union at the University of Kansas were gutted. Firefighters regularly faced snipers. 2
One sunny afternoon late in the month our classes collapsed over the thumping rhythm of explosions downstairs; rushing to the windows we saw the vanguard of a racial march of some 150 people, whose leaders were blowing out the school's first-floor windows with a baseball bat. The ensuing battle with police played out like Waterloo on the broad, grassy plaza below, formations rolling, rocks, bottles, and tear gas flying. The day's denouement was frozen for the record the following week in a Time photograph--captioned "No escape from violence"--of police macing students at the door of the district administration build
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Publication information: Book title: Dimensions of Law in the Service of Order:Origins of the Federal Income Tax, 1861-1913. Contributors: Robert Stanley - Author. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1993. Page number: v.
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