The Vietnam War And The Students For Democracy Society

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When the word “war” is brought up amongst a group, people in society tend to interpret t it differently from one another. As defined by Merriam-Webster, war is “a state or period of fighting between countries or groups”. Though this may be the dictionary definition, the word war may resonate and mean something different depending on the individual. For some, the word could be thought of as a way to gain or keep peace, for others it may be the place they lost their father or son, and for others, it is just another word they casually hear brought up on the news from time to time. However, when the Vietnam War is brought up amongst society today there is a consensus many Americans share: confusion. This is because the Vietnam War was unlike any …show more content…
The group was primarily concerned with equality, economic justice, peace, and participatory democracy. With these ideas in mind, they began operating under the principles of the “Port Huron Statement,” a platform written by Tom Hayden, Robert Haber, and other student collaborators, issued in 1962. The document stated, “We are people of this generation, bred in at least modest comfort, housed now in universities, looking uncomfortably to the world we inherit” (Hayden). People all over the nation grew a fondness to these ideas and principles, particularly young, college aged students, as it was an association of young people of the left. The organization grew slowly over the next couple of years until the escalation of U.S. involvement in Vietnam during the early months of 1965 (Students for a Democratic Society…). As word of the ideas of the Students for a Democratic Society began to spread, students all over the nation began protesting the Vietnam War in a variety of

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