Magazine article The Nation

George Brown

Magazine article The Nation

George Brown

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John Nichols writes: Representative George Brown, who died suddenly on July 15 at 79, was the last of a generation of left-leaning House Democrats who came to Congress in the late fifties and early sixties to battle for civil rights, peace and environmental protection. Few engaged in those struggles with greater passion than Brown. A year after his election in 1962, he was one of only three members of the House to vote against extending the draft that would eventually be used to send young Americans to Southeast Asia. In 1965, when opposition to the war was still rare in Congress, he rose on the floor of the House and accused President Johnson of pretending "that the peace of mankind can be won by the slaughter of peasants in Vietnam." In 1966 he was the only member of the House to oppose the defense bill that funded the expansion of the war. After the invasion of Cambodia, he called for the impeachment of Richard Nixon. …

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