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Review: Restored version of 1979 documentary ‘The War at Home’ shows necessity of protest

As a chronicle of consciousness-raising resistance methods, “The War at Home” is illuminating — in Madison, antiwar students evolved from signs and shouting to jam-packed building sit-ins and eventually, protests that targeted napalm-producing Dow Chemical’s campus recruitment efforts and secretive work conducted at the niversity’s Army Math Research Center. Though the center’s building was bombed in 1970, killing a student, it didn’t stop Ernest Gruening, a former U.S. senator from Alaska and a World War I veteran, from saying of the antiwar movement, it was “the duty of every American to protest.”