Interview with Tom Hayden
QUESTION 31
INTERVIEWER:

UM, AND WHAT I WANT TO ASK YOU HERE IS, IS UH, BACK IN '60, '61 YOU'RE AN, A YOUNG ANALYST, A POLITICAL ANALYST AND A YOUNG STUDENT. DID YOU THINK THEN THAT YOU WERE A PART OF, A PART OF A, SOMETHING THAT WAS GOING TO ALEVIATE THE WAY IT WAS AT THAT TIME, THAT WAS GOING TO REALLY FORCE THE HAND OF THE GOVERNMENT SOME TIME? AND WHEN DID YOU THINK YOU, THIS, THIS MOVEMENT THAT YOU HAD PROBABLY WISHED FOR AND THINGS WAS REALLY HAPPENING.

Tom Hayden:

I was drawn into this movement because, uh, among other things I thought that uh, it was uh, historical, that it, it uh, it it meant great things, it meant a fundamental shift, it meant uh, the coming of a new generation to uh, political and social responsibility in America. Uh, there was no question in my mind and the minds of uh, my associates that we were making history. Uh, did that lead us into uh, uh crazy thoughts or, or uh, uh utopian directions sometimes? Sure it did. Uh, but it was far better than apathy or cynicism. There was a, uh, an innocence to it that was necessary uh, uh, because it meant that, that uh, we could uh, dream of achieving great things and, and expect to.