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U.S. v. Cassius Clay: Muhammad Ali's Fight against the Vietnam Draft

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali objects to serving in the military in Vietnam, incurring the anger of the American public and risking a five-year prison term for his religious and political beliefs.

Famous Federal Trials

by Winston Bowman, Associate Historian, Federal Judicial History Office, Federal Judicial Center

Learn about the case — historical background and documents

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Classroom Materials and Activities

U.S. v. Clay PowerPoint Presentation (PowerPoint, 2.15 MB)