Activists and Authorities: Reporting on Protest

Throughout the protests on NC State in May 1970 and the following Peace Retreat the university newspaper, the Technician, was a powerful voice towing the line between observing and encouraging the protests. Descriptions of major events abound throughout the volumes, but were rarely without editorial comments. The Technician kept its letters to the editor open to a variety of opinions, and often published speeches on the front page. A majority of the editorials from the newspaper were in favor of the protests. 

This exhibit is part of a larger project detailing how State College became NC State University and how that process, along with Chancellor Caldwell's leadership, created an environment on the campus that was favorable to the election of Cathy Sterling and the subsequent occurence of the Peace Retreat in response to the Vietnam War. To see more about this project, visit Activists and Authorities.


Nathan Johnson