Reasons For The Antiwar Movement (1964-1972)

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Reasons for the Antiwar Movement (1964-1972) The antiwar movement during the mid 60s and early 70s was one of the most controversial and divided periods in United States history. Major countercultures full of sex, love, and rock n’ roll were on the rise, 18 year olds were being sent to Vietnam, and blacks were fighting for their freedom. Conflict in Vietnam began due to the Tonkin Gulf incident, and our rationale for war was the domino theory. Not long after the start of the war, the antiwar movement had already begun, and it would only grow larger and larger. People in the United States were so against the war because the media’s display of the horrors, the draft, the veterans, and Martin Luther King and his disapproval. To understand the …show more content…
Martin Luther King Jr. was gaining publicity. Some even say that MLK was the most influential American at the time, and he did influence others into the antiwar movement. King held a speech in April of 1967 to explain his distress about the Vietnam war. “Furthermore, he said, ‘the war was doing far more than devastating the hopes of the poor at home…We were taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them eight thousand miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem’” (Martin Luther). The fact that the United States was fighting for democracy in a country thousands of miles away when we didn 't even have freedom in our own nation is absolutely crazy. African Americans in the south still had no rights and they were being beat to death by police officers. “King 's statements rallied African American activists to the antiwar cause and established a new dimension to the moral objections of the movement” (Barringer). Martin Luther King was able to bring a ton of new members into the antiwar movement, and there is no doubt that his words played a large role in the disapproval of the Vietnam

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