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The Port Huron Statement is the manifesto of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), written primarily by Tom Hayden and completed on June 15, 1962.

We are people of this generation, bred in at least modest comfort, housed now in universities, looking uncomfortably to the world we inherit.

The main concerns included racial bigotry, nuclear weapons, and the paradoxes between the ideas that "all men are created equal" and "the facts of Negro life in the South and the big cities of the North." Poverty and the civil rights of African Americans are the main concern, and the problems of the Cold War and peace are subsidiary. Vietnam, which came to be a central concern of SDS only a few years later, is mentioned only once.

The Port Huron Statement was written partly as a response to Young Americans for Freedom's founding statement of principles, known as the Sharon Statement.

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