A Trip Through the Sixties – The Anti-War Movement
The Anti-War Movement
We bled inside each other’s wounds
Protesters in D.C.
Massive Protest at the Pentagon
Student places flowers in soldier’s rifle
Protesters used many non-violent tactics to get their message across. These included teach-ins which explained what was going on in Vietnam, marches which drew as many as 500,000 people at one time, draft card burnings which indicated non-cooperation with the war machine, protests at induction centers where attempts were made to stop people from signing up for the war. They even went so far as to surround the Pentagon!
Vietnam War Veterans Protested Too!
Soon returning veterans who had experienced the horror of the war first hand, joined the ranks of the protesters, adding to their credibility and influence. Some even threw their medals into the Potomac river in protest.
Student lies dead after National Guard attacked protesters
Protesters were met with police, National Guard, military police and even the army. It wasn’t always peaceful. Many, many non-violent protestors were greeted with force and brutality. On May 4th, 1970, four students were shot dead by National Guard troops during an anti-war protest at Kent State University. This galvanized the student community even further, leading many to protest who hadn’t before.
North Vietnam cannot defeat or humiliate the United States. Only Americans can do that.
The Vietnam War finally ended thanks to the prolonged struggle of the Vietnamese people to free their homeland from imperialist invaders and the long fight on the streets of America to change the political agenda from war to peace. It proved that we CAN make a difference and stop American militarism/imperialism. Power to the People!
The Anti-War protests were just part of several movements that simultaneously sought to change society and enhance freedom and individual rights….
Questions for further study
What is the May 2nd Movement? (1965)
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