Video: "The Catonsville Nine"

Video: "The Catonsville Nine"

"The Catonsville Nine" By: Shawn Peters
"The Catonsville Nine" By: Shawn Peters

For the past five years Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse and The Baltimore Book Festival have partnered to bring you The Baltimore Radical Bookfair Pavilion seeking to inform and inspire "radical innovation and intervention". At this year's festival, the radical bookfair brought you a new comprehensive telling of one of our most famous political histories: The Catonsville Nine; written by local Shawn Peters. The bookfair organizers describe the discussion as:

On May 17th, 1968, a group of Catholic antiwar activists burst into a draft board in suburban Baltimore, stole hundreds of Selective Service records (which they called “death certificates”), and burned the documents in a fire fueled by homemade napalm. The bold actions of the ”Catonsville Nine” quickly became international news and captured headlines throughout the summer and fall of. In The Catonsville Nine, Shawn Francis Peters, a Catonsville native, offers the first comprehensive account of this key event in the history of American protest.

We hope you will enjoy our documentation, including audio and video, of this important discussion.

Audio by: The Baltimore Indypendent Reader

Video by: Spencer Compton

For more information on The Catonsville Nine, we recommend this review by local documentarian, Joe Tropea. Tropea, along with fellow filmmaker Skizz Cyzyk, on the Catonsville Nine history called Hit and Stay.