In response to President Richard Nixon’s order to blockade the northern Vietnamese coast — mining Haiphong Harbor, and in effect, continuing the Vietnam War — a massive, 3,000-person protest arose on the University of Minnesota campus in May 1972.
Then-Governor Wendell Anderson and former Minneapolis Mayor Charles Stenvig ordered the U.S. National Guard to assist local police officers with controlling campus crowds.
The Minnesota Student Association asked administrators to close the school, but University President Malcolm Moos said a shutdown was unnecessary.
The Minnesota Daily reported hour-by-hour coverage of the entire protest, which lasted for two days.
According to Minnesota Daily archival material, the University’s protests in May were in line with several other rallies that raged across the nation at the time as anti-war sentiment grew across college campuses.
Protests also occurred at Minnesota State University Mankato, Winona State University, and the University of Florida around the same time as the University of Minnesota’s protest.