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Photos: Look back at historic Dow Chemical anti-Vietnam War protests at UW-Madison
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Photos: Look back at historic Dow Chemical anti-Vietnam War protests at UW-Madison

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On Oct. 18, 1967, a student sit-in at UW-Madison turned violent and became a seminal event in local and national history related to the Vietnam War. Called the "Dow riot" -- after the makers of napalm, a brutal chemical weapon used in the war -- it started because students were protesting Dow Chemical's presence as a recruiter on campus. The university ordered the students to disperse, and they didn't, then called in Madison police. Police beat students, and the confrontation escalated. By the end of the day, the city would never be the same.

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Fifty years ago next week, thousands of students on the UW-Madison campus — and the rest of the country via news photos and film clips — witnessed a protest-turned-riot that put the anti-war spotlight on the city, shattered the trust between the university and many of its students, sent nearly 70 people to the hospital and forever became known as the "Dow riot."

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