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)
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
Marches during the Civil Right’s Movement:
Birmingham gave students belief that they CAN
make a difference
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
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
Lost public support for war quickly
The Changing 60’s
Student enrollment in schools and universities
An era of a much more knowledgeable and aware
“New Left” Era activists, protesters, and people
“Hey, Hey, LBJ. How Many Kids Did You Kill
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
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
Law was not overturned; however, it ignited public
awareness in the matter
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
Extreme Non Violent Techniques
Burned himself to death in public in resentment to
Wanted to take a strong stand and attract support in
opposition to the war
Two others soon followed him in the form of protest
Non Violent Protests through Music, Drugs, and
Hippies evolved; rejected American values—
Drugs, especially hallucinogenic, became a
prominent part of the counterculture
Way of expressing a free, nonviolent part of
Woodstock Music Festival
Attracted Hundreds of Thousand from around the
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.
How Non-Violent Was Woodstock?
Over 500,000 people attended and no major fights
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
Country Joe And The Fish - Vietnam Song
“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”
Non Violent Vietnam Recap
Non Violence came in forms of:
Music, Drugs, Expression
All in All, Public rejection and protests towards
activity in Vietnam played a grave role in our
retraction from Vietnam
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