"Not My Son, Not Your Son, Not Their Sons": Protesting the Vietnam War

The Vietnam War was easily one of the most controversial episodes of American military involvement in the country’s history. The body count of American G.I.’s piling up in a mysterious, far away land led hundreds of thousands of American citizens to question the foreign policies of their government, many for the first time. Throughout the early years of the Cold War, American public opinion on the perceived evils of Communism reached a fever pitch. However, as more and more young Americans were deployed to the jungles of Vietnam, the cost of ridding the world of the tyranny of Communism seemed to be too rich for American blood. Still, despite heavy criticism and protest from all sectors of public opinion, American involvement in Vietnam persisted throughout the mid 1960s and early 1970s. It is certain that although this was not the only period armed conflict to feature so much negative opinion from the home front, the modern ways in which information regarding the war was spread throughout the world, as well as the global scope of the conflict make for one of the most exhilarating war and anti-war movements ever seen. In this short exhibit, I hope to highlight some of the bravest and most outspoken members, as well as important events that led the way towards the growth of the anti-war movement