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  1. 1. D A N N Y L I N E L L A N D D E R E K B E R T O L I N I Non-violent protests during the Vietnam War (1964-1973)
  2. 2. Previous Influence  Civil Right’s Movement had been in full force  Many forms of Non Violent protest were used  Students protesting Vietnam got many of their ideas and were greatly influenced by people such as Martin Luther King  Marches during the Civil Right’s Movement: Birmingham gave students belief that they CAN make a difference
  3. 3. Why Were People so Unsupportive of The War?  As war dragged on, so did body count  People began to disapprove for the war more and more  Especially upset about use of chemical weapons and devastating effects the war was taking on the youth of the nation  US began being compared to Nazis  Government lied about death toll and progress being made  Lost public support for war quickly
  4. 4. The Changing 60’s  Student enrollment in schools and universities increased dramatically  An era of a much more knowledgeable and aware youth  “New Left” Era activists, protesters, and people wanting change
  5. 5. “Hey, Hey, LBJ. How Many Kids Did You Kill today?”  President Johnson recruits kids for participation in the war. (aka DRAFT)  Sparked great deal of opposition and anger  Students felt they did not have to participate in a war they did not feel was justified or morally right
  6. 6. Opposition to LBJ
  7. 7. Burning Draft Cards  Draft Cards were publically burnt to express opposition to the draft.  Government responded by making it illegal to destroy draft certificates.  Public responded: United States v. O'Brien  Argued that prohibiting burning draft cards, violated a man’s freedom of speech for he was symbolically expressing himself  Law was not overturned; however, it ignited public awareness in the matter
  8. 8. Opposition to War through Advertisements
  9. 9. Chicago University
  10. 10. National Moratorium March  National March with aims to end the war  Attracted over 500,000 supporters  Form of Non-Violent approach: marched in single file line down Pennsylvania Avenue.  Called out names of dead soldiers as they marched  Marched all the way to the White House  Gained publicity and national attention
  11. 11. Extreme Non Violent Techniques 1965  Norman Morrison  Pacifist  Burned himself to death in public in resentment to the war  Wanted to take a strong stand and attract support in opposition to the war  Two others soon followed him in the form of protest
  12. 12. Non Violent Protests through Music, Drugs, and Love  Counter Culture  Hippies evolved; rejected American values— particularly Vietnam  Drugs, especially hallucinogenic, became a prominent part of the counterculture  Way of expressing a free, nonviolent part of themselves
  13. 13. Woodstock Music Festival  Attracted Hundreds of Thousand from around the world  1969; White Lake, New York  Festival About Much More than Just Music: National Movement For Peace  Woodstock used music as an expression of their feelings, they spoke their rejection and opposition through the music.
  14. 14. 3 Days of Peace and Music
  15. 15. How Non-Violent Was Woodstock?  Over 500,000 people attended and no major fights broke out  Two babies were born over the three day span  Everyone came together as one  Mutual feeling that people had enough of war and just wanted peace
  16. 16. Country Joe And The Fish - Vietnam Song Lyrics  Chorus:  “And it's one, two, three,What are we fighting for ?Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,Next stop is Vietnam;And it's five, six, seven,Open up the pearly gates,Well there ain't no time to wonder why,Whoopee! we're all gonna die”
  17. 17. Woodstock
  18. 18. Non Violent Vietnam Recap  Non Violence came in forms of:  Student Protests  Music, Drugs, Expression  Marches  Suicide  Advertisements  All in All, Public rejection and protests towards activity in Vietnam played a grave role in our retraction from Vietnam
  19. 19. THE END
  20. 20. Bibliography  Bibliography  Websites:  "Anti-Vietnam War Protests." Welcome to Camden High School. http://www.camden- (accessed November 7, 2010).  "BBC ON THIS DAY | 15 | 1969: Millions march in US Vietnam Moratorium." BBC News - Home. (accessed November 9, 2010).  "Opposition to the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (accessed November 9, 2010).  "The Culture." Home - Cedarville University . (accessed November 9, 2010).  "The Vietnam War protests." Essortment Articles: Free Online Articles on Health, Science, Education & More... (accessed November 9, 2010).  "Top 10 Protest Songs from the 1960s | Top 10 Lists |" Top 10 Lists - Top Ten Lists - (accessed November 9, 2010).  "Vietnam War / Waging Nonviolence." Waging Nonviolence. (accessed November 9, 2010).  "Vietnam War Protests." Vietnam War. (accessed November 10, 2010).  Pictures:  org/2009/10/dugald-stermer-and-ramparts-ma.php    08/10/  