To even casual students of the Vietnam War, his statement has an eerie echo.
That Ayers may have helped to write part or all of Obama's autobiography ; that Obama and Ayers shared an office space together for three yearson the same floor of the same building in Chicago; and that Ayers and Obama may have known each other as far back as Doesn't the cover say it's by The Weather Underground as a group, and doesn't mention him specifically?
Well, it's simple enough to prove. A scan showing this section in context on the full page in Prairie Fire can be found below, lower down in this essay. Of course, in true communist spirit, earlier in the Introduction they mention that the book grew out of "study groups," "conversations" and "struggles" of the entire Weather Underground, but the four members listed above are the ones who actually sat down and wrote the manuscript.
And of those four, "Billy" Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn were the most educated and literate, and were the acknowledged leaders of the group, so it's almost certain they did the bulk of the writing.
Especially considering, as I'll show below, the similarities between ideas in Prairie Fire and contemporary writings by William Ayers.
But that's not all. Which is as conclusive as you can get. The Evidence The rest of this essay consists primarily of scanned pages taken directly from an actual physical copy of Prairie Fire printed in As you will notice, the production quality was fairly crude, with some pages being typewritten possibly by William Ayers or Bernardine Dohrn themselves with others typeset in varying fonts, and then printed somewhat inconsistently with different densities in different sections of the book.
While this may have lent Prairie Fire an air of outlaw authenticity when it first was distributed, it looks rather odd and irregular in the era of computers and modern typography.
I only mention this detail here to explain why the various scanned pages and quotes seen below look different from each other. For each of the full-size scanned pages displayed below, if you click on the image, your browser will open a new window showing a high-resolution version of the scan.
I provide the hi-res scans as proof that this evidence is real, and in case anyone wants to inspect the text in more detail.
The individual quoted lines scanned below are already high-resolution, so there is no need to click on them. In a few instances, the quoted sentences start or end in the middle of a line; in those cases, I only display the relevant quote in question; I do not include the text on the remaining portions of the lines.
Underneath each scanned image is a transcription of some or all of the text shown, to make things easier for bloggers and journalists to copy and paste the sections which interest them. The full book is over pages long, so I necessarily can only present a small selection of pages here.
If you want to see more, or if you simply want to confirm that all of this is true, I encourage you to seek out your own copy of Prairie Fire; a few copies can still be found in major libraries and through rare book dealers.
Below the scanned images is a final section providing quotes, links, videos and documentation proving that William Ayers maintained his political beliefs essentially unchanged throughout the '80s, '90s and s, during which time he was accepted into the upper echelons of Chicago society, mingling and working with academics, activists and politicians -- including Barack Obama.
The Weather Underground's own list of their terrorist bombings and other crimes On page 16 of Prairie Fire, Ayers and his fellow co-authors brag about their numerous acts of domestic terrorism, and provide a handy list detailing not only each crime but in most cases the justification for each crime as well.
Note an important detail: Most of the stated rationales for the Weather Underground's violent acts have nothing whatsoever to do with Vietnam.
This disproves the ubiquitous media assertion that Ayers and the Weather Underground were "Vietnam War protesters. Also note that the bombings and other violent acts continued after Prairie Fire was published, and that all the Weather Underground "actions" in and '75 happened after the United States had already pulled its ground troops out of Vietnam and was no longer an active combatant in the ground war, which would have rendered any Vietnam War protests pretty much meaningless.
Click on the image below to see a hi-res version: For the record, to prove beyond any doubt that this is real, click on the small image below to see a high-resolution scan of the entirety of page 16 in full context, including the edges of the book cover, the crease in the center of the book, and so on:Ploughshares publishes issues four times a year.
Two of these issues are guest-edited by different, prominent authors. The other two issues are edited by our staff editors, one a mix of poetry and prose and the other long-form prose. Interview with a Vietnam War Veteran essaysThis interview was conducted though the internet on October 8 Chuck Burns offered to share his Vietnam thoughts and experiences with us.
In I dropped college and joined the Marines under threat of the draft. I wasn't sure what I was doing. - Increasing Opposition to the Vietnam War The following is an essay explaining the increasing opposition to the Vietnam War from the American public.
The Vietnam War was a military conflict fought in Vietnam from to The man I chose to interview was a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam. His name is Lonnie Quitman Ellis he was born on March 2, in.
Gaffney, South Carolina and he was an only child. Lonnie has two children. and is now a collections manager, a resident of Jacksonville, Florida and a big /5(3).
About a year ago, Charlie Rose, the nighttime talk-show host, was interviewing Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, the military adviser at the White House coordinating efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
We must remember that in time of war what is said on the enemy’s side of the front is always propaganda, and what is said on our side of the front is truth and righteousness, the cause of humanity and a crusade for peace.