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May 2024
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Colleges were the main sanctuary from the draft, and many teachers … did what they could to help their students. College grades were referred to as “A, B, C, D, and Nam,” and antiwar professors sometimes adjusted their grading policies accordingly. “It’s a rotten, stinking war,” said one, “and I’ll be damned if I’ll help it along by sending over more cannon fodder. Unless he’s clearly an idiot … I intend to pass every able-bodied man in my class.”

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