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This Week in Princeton History for April 29-May 5

In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, 80% of students skip class in protest, the Princetonian interviews Phillis Schlafly, and more.

April 30, 1999—The Graduate School receives a record number of applications in its first year accepting online submissions.

May 1, 1970—Roughly 80% of students skip class as part of a massive general strike in protest of the U.S. invasion of Cambodia that takes over campus activities.

Many students attended a protest at Mather Sundial rather than attending classes on May 1, 1970. Historical Photograph Collection, Campus Life Series (AC112), Box MP94, Image No. 1910.

May 2, 1890—The Princetonian encourages students to take in the circus passing through town, Washburn and Arlington’s United Monster Show.

May 5, 1982—Bert Robinson ’83 interviews political activist Phyllis Schlafly, mother of three Princeton graduates and best known for her work to prevent the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Schlafly tells Robinson why she opposes the ERA: “The goals are a gender free society, which would require us to draft women; secondly, abortion and funds for abortion; third, homosexual privileges.”

Editorial cartoon from the Daily Princetonian depicting Phyllis Schlafley slaying the ERA “dragon,” 1982.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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