Sleeping Soldiers and the War for the Mind

The language of sleep, dreams and, especially, awakening permeated the radical movements of the post–World War II era and reflected a commitment to a politics of consciousness. Antiwar veterans, like other movement activists, used sleep states—nightmares and insomnia, dreams and waking—to recount their experiences and rouse their listeners. For radical veterans, however, the language of […]

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The language of sleep, dreams and, especially, awakening permeated the radical movements of the post–World War II era and reflected a commitment to a politics of consciousness. Antiwar veterans, like other movement activists, used sleep states—nightmares and insomnia, dreams and waking—to recount their experiences and rouse their listeners. For radical veterans, however, the language of […]

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