WAR! What is it good for?

TARGET – I can explain and evaluate the various reasons why people opposed the war in Vietnam.

FIRST – Add the Tet Offensive to your trading cards – here are two resources to consult – Tet Offensive   Tet Offensive Video

America’s involvement in Vietnam was the most controversial issue of the 1960s and 70s, and the war created the most vocal and varied opposition of any war in our country’s history. What were the reasons for this opposition? Why did so many Americans oppose the American involvement in Vietnam?

That’s your task for MONDAY (everyone – combined classes to end the year!)

To begin, read the following overviews of the anti-war movement – Fighting the War at Home and Culture of Protest (usmstudent, historyrules)

You will receive a SPECIFIC protest topic that you will share with your fellow protesters in class on Monday.  Take a look at the resources and jot down some of the reasons that the topic became controversial during the Vietnam conflict. Then, create something that you would use to help spread your views at an anti-war rally during the conflict.  You can make a protest sign, a note a leaflet or pamphlet to hand out, a protest button or T-shirt – you name it!

  1. Someone who doubts the what happened in the Gulf of TonkinGulf of Tonkin Resolution, A Somber Lesson
  2. A member of Congress at the Fullbright Hearings
  3. A member of Students for a Democratic Society
  4. Someone who just read about the Pentagon Papers / Pentagon Papers
  5. A citizen shocked about the Credibility Gap / Credibility Gap
  6. A citizen who viewed a report about My Lai / My Lai
  7. Someone opposing the Draft\ / Draft
  8. Someone evading the draft / dodging the draft
  9. conscientious objector
  10. Muhammad Ali
  11. A supporter of Martin Luther King, Jr / MLK Beyond Vietnam
  12. An African American opposing the war
  13. An American opposed to the incursion into Cambodia
  14. A citizen reacting to the The Living Room War / The Living Room War
  15. A member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War
  16. Someone who just saw a report on The Tet Offensive
  17. A college professor leading on of the Teach-Ins
  18. A participant in the May Day Protests
  19. A participant in the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam
  20. Someone reacting to news from Kent State
  21. Someone reacting to news from Jackson State
  22. Someone hearing about the Sterling Hall Bombing
  23. Someone opposed to the use of Agent Orange

 TAFT’S EXAMPLE PROTEST SIGN

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