U of M examines The Port Huron Statement of the New Left Movement in fall conference

History behind civil rights, women's liberation and student anti-war movement topic of conference at U of M

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The University of Michigan has announced a conference this fall to examine the effect of the drafting of The Port Huron Statement some 50 years ago.

The Port Huron Statement, a founding document of the New Left movement that fueled civil rights and anti-Vietnam War activism on the nation's college campuses in the 1960s.

The university said the Oct. 31-Nov. 2 conference will feature Tom Hayden, Al Haber and other founders of Students for a Democratic Society.

Hayden was an ex-editor of The Michigan Daily when he and others drafted the 75-page manifesto outlining goals for the New Left and calling for "participatory democracy" in America.

The university said the conference focuses on the New Left's early period, with discussions of the civil rights, women's liberation and anti-war movements.

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