Literally, “tens of thousands fled to Canada or Europe to avoid the draft” (Wills 29). The burning of draft cards became a symbolic way to oppose the war. However, there were also numerous conventional protests. Kent State is what many people think when asked about protest in the Vietnam War. On May 4, of 1970 four students were shot and killed by National Guardsmen in an attempt to quell opposition on the campus of Kent State University.
His entrance had earlier been barred by segregationist Governor Ross Barnett, despite back door discussions with the administration in which he had committed to protect Meredith. White students, locals and agitators gathered from around the state broke out in a riot on the Oxford campus, and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy ordered in 500 U.S. Marshals to suppress it. Highway State Police were withdrawn before the U.S. Marshals took control, leading to confrontations after the event as to whose fault it was.
The Vietnam War William B. Conner HIS-135 12/18/2011 Maury Wiseman The Vietnam War During the 1960’s, the years of consensus (1955-1965) were coming to a close and the youth of America were forming the counter-culture in which they were rejecting many of the fundamental values of American society set by the previous generations. (Churney, 2011) During this era in American history the counter-culture was growing and the youth of America became obsessed with the aspect of individuality or finding oneself. During this period the youth, or younger generation, was not content to accept the issues set before them by the government or society, the knowledge that things need to change and the willingness of college students to voice their opinions and try to make changes was a key factor in ending consensus in the United States. This unrest was heighted by events such as the Civil Rights movement, Gay Rights, Feminism, and the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War only seemed to pour fuel on the fire burning in the hearts of the American youth; a major connection with student unrest and the Vietnam War was the draft.
After the protestors had refused to disperse after being ordered to do so the guardsmen had fired into the crowd killing four students and wounding nine others. It had become apparent that the Vietnam War had two front lines; one waged with soldiers, tanks, and jets in Vietnam, and another fought in America on college campuses and in the
Cambodianizing the Vietnam War A. Suddenly, on April 29, 1970, without consulting Congress, Nixon ordered American forces to join with the South Vietnamese in cleaning out the enemy sanctuaries in officially neutral Cambodia B. SO WHAT—Kent State Massacre- Kids at college were protesting and acting reckless and the national guard had to come and settle things, and they ended up firing and killed and injured some kids. C. Define: 26th Amendment- voting would be changed to 18 years of age D. New combustibles fueled the fires of antiwar discontent in June 1971, when The New York Times published a top-secret Pentagon study of America’s involvement in the Vietnam
The sixties ended in defeat and violence. The student and other activist groups who fought so hard for civil rights in the beginning of the decade, sparked a sense of rebellion in the activists towards the end of it. This sense of self-righteousness led to many protests, both organized and spontaneous, on the Vietnam War, protests that grew in violence as the decade came to a close. The Vietnam War protests grew out of control. One personal account by Ann Charters, depicts how they began as peaceful marches and later, either because of the size of the crowd or anger at the war, grew to be more violent.
In his speech he told his audience that “Some men see things as they are and ask why; I dream things that never were and ask why not.” In the year 1965, the United States and Vietnam went into a war that would soon cause the United States many conflicts. Although there was no recorded evidence or legal declaration of the establishment of this war, thousands of American troops died fighting in it. It first began in 1959 when Vietnam was divided, with a Communist government in the North, and a Democratic government in the South. The United States got involved, hoping to stop the spread of Communism, by training the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. American support was highly depended on, but remained ineffective during combat.
* Tiananmen Square- Students gathered in Tiananmen Square to mourn the death of a progressive Chinese leader; eventually grew into a peaceful protest for democratic reforms; crowds grew to 1 million students; government demanded that they leave, some did but many remained; government brought in the military and opened fire on the protesters; exact death toll is unknown but ranges from a few hundred to a few thousand; brought forth discontent many people had with the communist regime; government arrested many who were sympathetic with protests after square was cleared; information about massacre is censored in
The Counterculture Movement means a serial of protestant movements, especially the remonstration against war and the mainstream culture, which was registered by the American young people in the 1960s. This movement not only included the “political revolution”, such as Women’s Liberation Movement, the Black Civil Right’s Movement, Antiwar Peace Movement, and so on, but also included the “cultural revolution”, such as rock, drugs, sex, hippie, mysticism, and egoism. It started with the Californian government’s cracking down the Free Speech Movement on campus in 1964, reached its climax in 1968, with the assassination of Martin Luther King and the escalation of Vietnam War, and ended with the evacuation of the American army from Vietnam in 1975. This movement caused a significant impact on the American society. Why did the counterculture Movement happen at that time?
Americans were so tired of the war that the feelings were reflected in the election of Johnson vs Nixon. When the President put in affect the draft many of the young adults did not agree. These young adults did not want to go to war and would protest not to go. In the United States all the people were getting upset and no longer wanted the war overseas or here in the US. Americans no longer would look at war the same