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    If @lonelyplanet says it, it must be so: #DC is the #1 city to visit in 2015! #traveltuesday #DCcool #newseum (at Newseum)

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    International Days of Protest

    The First Amendment took center stage in anti-war demonstrations 49 years ago this week, as the first draft card was burned in public amid nationwide protests decrying U.S. involvement in the escalating Vietnam conflict.

    In August 1965, Congress passed a law prohibiting the willful destruction of draft cards. Two months later, a young Catholic pacifist, David Miller, burned his draft card in front of a crowd a rally in New York – part of the Vietnam Day Committee’s “International Days of Protest” Oct. 15-16. Miller was later arrested by the FBI and sentenced to 30 months in prison. Despite the law, draft card burning became a common form of anti-war protest, even though numerous court decisions – including the 1968 U.S. Supreme Court case United States v. O’Brien – ruled that the law did not violate protesters’ First Amendment rights to free speech.

    When Newseum curators were collecting artifacts for “The Boomer List” exhibit, they wanted to include a draft card from the era as a defining symbol of the boomer generation’s story. But they were having a hard time finding one to display. On a hunch, director of collections Carrie Christoffersen called her father, who promptly unearthed his draft card and mailed it to the Newseum, still in its plastic wallet sleeve. Why did he have it after all these years? Christoffersen said her father told her, half-jokingly, “It’s a federal document! You can’t get rid of that kind of thing.”

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    The draft sent more than 2 million Americans to Vietnam, many of them baby boomers. Millions more avoided the war through deferments. Draft dodgers burned their cards to protest the war. (Loan, Gary E. Stevens) 

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  • newseum published a photo post 1 week ago

    Our @chefwolfgangpuck chefs are demonstrating how to make #pumpkin pasta in the #Newseum Food Section today! #yum

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    The #Newseum’s got #Natitude! We’re going red tonight through the playoffs for the @nationals. #nothingbutoctober (at Newseum)

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  • newseum published a photo post 2 weeks ago

    Kim Cattrall, Julieanna Richardson, Erin Brockovich, and photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders pose in front of their portraits at our #BoomerList opening celebration #newseum (at Newseum)

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