The Fielding M. McGehee III Papers (1967-1999) consist primarily of correspondence between McGehee and his parents, Fielding McGehee, Jr. and Helen McGehee,
and also include some correspondence to and from other family members. Many letters include discussion about draft resistance
efforts as well as Peoples Temple and the agricultural settlement at Jonestown, Guyana. Some writings related to the draft are also included.
Fielding Merwin McGehee III was born in Charlottesville, Virginia at the end of the 1940s at the height of the Baby Boom.
He is the oldest child of parents Fielding McGehee, Jr. and Helen McGehee. Due to his father’s occupation, McGehee spent a
significant portion of his adolescence in the Netherlands. He was rebellious as a teenager, a time that coincided with the
period of social tumult in the mid-to late-1960s. As part of that rebellion, at Antioch College in Ohio McGehee became an
activist against U.S. involvement in Vietnam, an activism which led him to drop out of college and pursue a leadership role
in antiwar organizations. Furthermore, McGehee became an active resister to the military draft.
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