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Living in fear: draft dodgers in hiding

The Story

Try not to attend public events. Keep a low profile. Fear the unexpected knock at the door. This is how one American draft dodger describes his difficult existence of paranoia. With his new bride, he discusses his decision to move to Canada and the things he left behind. "My wife had to give up her parents, her friends, her very geography," he says quietly. For many young Americans avoiding service in the Vietnam War, blending into Canadian society is proving to be a concerted effort.

Medium: Television
Program: The Public Eye
Broadcast Date: May 7, 1969
Guest(s): William Spira
Duration: 5:54

Did You know?

• In the late 1960s there were approximately 31 Canadian organizations aiding draft dodgers. The groups slowly disbanded as many Americans assimilated easily into Canadian society.


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