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Seeds of Fire: A People’s Chronology

Recalling events that happened on this day in history.
Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.

Compiled by Ulli Diemer

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October 21, 1837
The United States Army, which has been trying to seize Florida for white settlers, as stipulated by the Indian Removal Act of 1830, offers a truce to the fiercely resistant Seminoles and invites them to a peace conference. When 20 Seminoles, led by Osceola, arrive to negotiate, the Army seizes and imprisons them – standard U.S. practice in dealing with people who dare to resist. Osceola dies in prison shortly afterwards.
October 21, 1967  
100,000 people demonstrate in Washington against the Vietnam War. Later in the day, some 30,000 march to the Pentagon for another rally and an all-night vigil. 647 are arrested, among them novelist Norman Mailer, who describes the events surrounding the protest (including his time sharing a jail cell with Noam Chomsky) in his book The Armies of the Night.
Related Topics: Anti-War MovementVietnam War



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