Protest Movements in Time of War

Archive Report

Protests Over U.S. Policy in Viet Nam

Rising Dissent on Conduct of Vietnamese War

Resumption of air strikes on North Viet Nam by American bombers, as well as the general intensification of ground action in South Viet Nam, has dashed hopes for an early end to the war in Southeast Asia. The United States finds itself locked in a conflict that has become increasingly costly in expenditure of national resources and human life. Even before the latest peace effort foundered, organized opposition to increased American involvement in the Vietnamese struggle had reached unprecedented proportions.

A lull in the protests accompanied the 37-day pause in bombing of North Vietnamese military targets —a pause ordered by President Johnson to remove a supposed obstacle to negotiations to end the war. ...

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