Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Social and Political Change on South University
Political activities as well as pranks have always been a part of student life. Earlier students, fueled by alcohol, youth, and boredom, had torn up the town's wooden sidewalks for bonfires, disabled trolley cars, and shouted down presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan. They vigorously debated abolition, temperance, wars, and women's suffrage. During the Vietnam War, Ann Arbor became a center of the nationwide social and political firestorm. Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and peace teach-ins originated at UM. Those turbulent years began with civil
Photos courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library, the Ann Arbor News, and John and Leni Sinclair.
Erected by Ann Arbor Historic District Commission and South University Area Association.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Peace • War, Vietnam. In addition, it is included in the Women's Suffrage 🗳️ series list.
Location. 42° 16.504′ N, 83° 44.152′ W. Marker is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is at the intersection of South University Avenue and East University Avenue, on the right when traveling west on South University Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1101 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor MI 48109, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Corners of South University and East University Avenues (within shouting distance of this marker); Engineering at Michigan (within shouting distance of this marker); The Denison Archway (within shouting distance of this marker); East University Avenue Campus Boundary (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Martha Cook Building (about 600 feet away); William L. Clements Library (about 600 feet away); Michigan Summer Symposium in Theoretical Physics (about 600 feet away); The President's House (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ann Arbor.
Also see . . . Site 15. South University and East University. Marker on the Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit website. (Submitted on October 19, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 19, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 143 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 19, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.