Dow Riot, October 1967
The Dow Riot occurred on October 18, 1967 a response to a series of student protests against the Vietnam War at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Days before the event, UW students protested against the makers of the weapon napalm, Dow Chemical Company, who were recruiting at the Madison campus. The University Chancellor called for police to disperse the students. The police used tear gas to clear the protesters, an action that spurred several confrontations between the students and the protest. The belief that the police and administration were attempting to silence their voices radicalized many formerly apolitical students. As a result, even more students came out for a general student rally on Bascom Hill on October 18th. The three thousand students clashed with police and counter-protesters.
Backstory and Context
"Vietnam and Opposition at Home." Wisconsin Historical Society. Accessed May 29, 2014. http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/tp-040/?action=more_essay.