The Taking of Tigert Hall: Reminiscences from a Bygone Era

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In 1970, Richard Nixon escalated the war in Vietnam by ordering the invasion of neighboring Cambodia without the approval of Congress. The reaction on university campuses was immediate. But nowhere was it fiercer than at Kent State University in Ohio, where events that shook the very fabric of our society unfolded. At the University of Florida, this resulted in three days of anger and intense confrontation that culminated in an unparalleled milestone in the history of that great institution. This is the memoir of a student activist at the University of Florida whose home was in the Haiti of the most inscrutable and absolute leader of the time, Francois Papa Doc Duvalier. The story is set at UF in the midst of a student upheaval unprecedented in American history that the Reverend Billy Graham described as the "most critical period since the Civil War", and in Haiti where certain events validated the old dictum that truth can be stranger than fiction. It is a fascinating tale for the leisure reader or any student interested in that period.

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I returned to the University of Florida in 2004 with my daughter. The changes that occurred at that institution since I was there were absolutely stunning. Some are reflective of fundamental changes in value and outlook that have taken place among the youth of today. A mindless culture of material consumerism seems to have afflicted the great majority of them with the `affluenza' syndrome. Knowledge for the sake of knowledge is no longer cost efficient and has become a moribund idea, relegated to the most obscure corners of academia.

As I walked among the thousands of students, I was accosted by many who were handing out flyers advertising the various products of corporate America.In my days, the mimeographed sheets that were hastily printed and distributed by students were of a totally different nature. They were usually call to arms against the Vietnam War or for the Civil Rights Movement.

It dawned upon me that most students of today would be left incredulous if told the stories of old that rocked the foundations of this institution. We live, after all, in what the incomparable Gore Vidal calls `The United States of Amnesia'. How soon Americans forget events that were momentous in their time. This led me to write this unusual account of those times from a rather unique perspective.

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The author was raised in Haiti. He entered the University of Florida in 1967 where he received his BA degree in Political Science, and his Ph.D. from the Department of Immunology and Medical Microbiology of the College of Medicine. His previous works can be accessed at the University of Florida Libraries Catalog. He now lives in Davie, Florida with his wife and two daughters

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