For the first time in American History, many of the American Citizens (mostly the youth) rose up against their own government and demanded that the Vietnam War be stopped. There were riots and anti government protests where some students were wounded badly and killed.
Australia’s involvement in the war dominated the politics in the 1960’s and sharply divided Australian Society.
The majority of Australians supported the involvement in the war in the early years. However, from the start there were small groups opposing the war. They included: - young people and student groups, e.g. university student unions - Save Our Sons - Trade Unions and Left-Wing Groups - the ALP (Labor), led by Calwell, who felt the war was a bad solution to the problem of increasing Communism - some Church leaders and - conscientious objectors