The Vietnam War: The Anti-War Movement

The Anti-war movement started during the 1960s and shaped America’s public opinion on conflicts for years to come. As in all its conflicts, the support of the people on the homefront influences America’s military commitment.. Without Homefront support, the American war machine dies. American pop culture during the 60s and 70s, sought to change public opinion against the Vietnam War. Through blatant anti-war lyrics to their actions, the popular artists and musicians of the era influenced the mindset of a generation to oppose the military actions in Vietnam.
Vietnam was a French colony dating back to mid 1800s. Vietnam was meant as a farming colony for the production of agricultural products such as tobacco, tea, and coffee. The French treated
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Some musicians were now joining the anti-war theme to gather more fans, making the overall message stronger. With advances in television broadcasting, the Vietnam War was unlike any of it’s predecessors. The Vietnam War was heavily documented by American news outlets, with battles recorded and broadcasted back in America. It showed the horrors of war in ways that many people have never seen or imagined before. Every major American news source at the time scurried to gain footage of fighting in Vietnam. Upon seeing the death and destruction of the war through the recordings, it prompted many who did not already side with the anti-war movement to be in favor of it. At home in America, the anti-war movement began protesting on college campuses and government grounds. In an effort to stop protesters, the government would send the National Guard to deter them. In 1970 however, at Kent State University in Ohio, the National Guard was sent to stop a protest there and accidentally killed four students and injured nine. This incident was known as the Kent State Massacre. The few remaining supporters of the war, gradually shifted against it after the incident at Kent State

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