Anti War Movement Essay

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The Anti-War Movement “Like most Americans, I had only seen war only through the cooling lens of a TV camera. I knew the statistics: so many dead, so many bombs dropped. But seeing in person, driving past dozens of devastated buildings, was far more emotional, even in the dark.” (Zimmerman 260). President Lyndon B. Johnson refused to lose Vietnam, and he feared losing Vietnam would send them in the direction as China. In 1960, Viet-Cong rebels from south revolted causing the election to be Ho Chi Minh was a part of. In 1962, John F. Kennedy sends 16,000 advisors to defeat the Viet-Cong. The Viet-Cong most of the country side in Vietnam, and once Johnson was in office he began sending combat troops. Because of supported attitudes, there was …show more content…
By January 31st, 1968 there were over a half million men fighting in Vietnam. After more major attacks, 200,000 more men were needed in Vietnam. The public’s opinion about the war was 50/50 by this time in the war. The antiwar activists enter Eugene McCarthy as their antiwar candidate in March 1968. March 16th, 1968 Bobby Kennedy enter the campaign against Lyndon B. Johnson. Johnson was beginning to feel the pressure and dropped out of the campaign after there was a calling for negotiation on March 31st, 1968. Riots against the system began It was a multi-racial movement to make change happen. The Black Panthers began raising revolutionary ideas and becoming a symbol for revolution. The Black Panthers were confronting white supremacy, and spreading revolution. April 23, 1968 a sit-in at Columbia started a new phase of the student movement. 12,000 students occupied partially created gyms and other buildings on the campus. Students were attacked by police, then students at Columbia went on strike. Revolutions were happening all over the world, and young people were uprising everywhere. May 1st,1968 Students in Paris took over a headquarters on their campus, and working people in France go on strike to make revolution. Movements continued to arise. The Women’s Liberation Movement was beginning and revolution was in the air. (Berkeley in the

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