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Title: Vietnam war Protests


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Vietnam war Protests
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During the four years following passage of the
Tonkin Gulf Resolution (1964), which gave LBJ a
blank check to send troops and weapons to
Vietnam, the war effort intensified as troop
levels climbed to over 500,000.
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Opposition to the war grew as TV graphically
showed the suffering of both civilians and
soldiers.
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In 1965 demonstrations in New York City attracted
25,000 marchers within two years similar
demonstrations drew several hundred thousand in
Washington DC and European capitals.
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Objections to the military draft led some
protestors to burn their draft cards and refuse
to obey induction notices.
Teach-ins and student organizations like the SDS
(Students for a Democratic Society) held rallies
and marches.
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Speeches and music reflected the anger and
hopelessness that Americans felt over the Vietnam
War. Some soldiers stationed overseas began
supporting the anti-war movement in whatever
capacity they could, from wearing peace symbols
to refusing to obey orders.
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Soldiers returning home from the war were no
longer regarded as heroes were verbally and
physically abused. Young men sought to evade the
draft by being conscientious objectors or leaving
for Canada. The TET Offensive of 1968 and the
horrendous casualties that resulted eroded
American support for the war even more.
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In 1968, President Johnson announced he would not
seek re-election.
The election of Richard Nixon in 1968 did little
to dampen the anti-war movement. Even though he
reduced US ground forces, he invaded Cambodia,
which led to massive demonstrations on college
campuses.
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Ohio National Guardsmen were sent to Kent State
after the University's Army R.O.T.C. building was
burned down on May 2, 1970.
On May 3, Ohio Governor James A. Rhodes
personally appeared on campus and promised to
use "every force possible" to maintain order.
Rhodes denounced the protesters as worse than
brown shirts and vowed to keep the Guard in Kent
"until we get rid of them."
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Four students were killed and nine others
wounded when a contingent of Guardsmen suddenly
opened fire during a noontime demonstration on
May 4.
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