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New School oral history program ➔ Audio interview with John Taylor

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John Taylor (interviewee)
Anna Robinson-Sweet (interviewer)


October 22 2019


John Taylor was interviewed by Anna Robinson-Sweet at Taylor’s home on October 22, 2019. In the interview, Taylor discusses his service in the Vietnam War and his student years at The New School College in the early 1970s. At the beginning of the conversation, Taylor describes his childhood on Long Island, New York and his experience attending a year of college in Florida, where segregation was still the norm and racism was rampant. Taylor ended up transferring to C.W. Post College on Long Island for his second year in college, and he says that a drop in his grade-point average left him eligible for the draft in 1965.  He explains his decision to enlist in the army in the hopes of getting a non-combat assignment in Vietnam. Taylor describes his first months in the military and getting the news that he was being deployed to Vietnam in December 1967. Upon arriving in Vietnam, Taylor was assigned to be a clerk for the division. After finishing his deployment in Vietnam, Taylor enrolled at The New School College, starting in the fall of 1969. He describes the structure of classes at the college, his fellow students, and the student strike in protest of the Vietnam War in the spring of 1970, which he was casually involved in. Toward the end of the interview Taylor discusses his marriages and children, moving to upstate New York, and his work as a court officer for over twenty years.

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