Peace Movements in American Politics

Archive Report

Rise of Opposition to Viet Nam War

The vietnamese war, like every other unpopular war in American history, has given rise to a “peace” movement. Prominent figures in both major political parties have called for an end to the fighting in Viet Nam, and antiwar demonstrations have become commonplace in city streets and on college campuses. But the various groups opposing the war lack common goals and leadership. Moreover, the violence that has attended some demonstrations mounted in the name of peace has offended many Americans. Although the war promises to be one of the leading issues in the 1968 presidential election campaign, it is by no means certain that the Democratic and Republican nominees will offer the voters a clear-cut choice of Viet Nam ...

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