Anti-Violence

New Age of Peace

Facts

  • An ROTC building at Kent State University in Ohio, was burned down by protesters. After the National Guardsmen were sent to the university there was an altercation between student protesters and the guards. Twenty-eight guardsmen opened fire into the crowd and four student protesters died.
  • In Washington D.C. 1967, 100,000 people gathered to protest the Vietnam War. Over 50,000 of the protesters marched to the Pentagon to protest.
  • In 1959, the Students for a Democratic Society was founded. They formed "teach-in rallies, that eventually led to protest marches.
  • In August of 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Festival was held in Upstate New York on a farm. 400,000 people attended and Woodstock became a symbol of anti-war in the United States.
  • Arkansas senator J. William Fulbright, published The Arrogance of Power, in 1966, which was an antiwar and anti-Johnson book. He also participated in several televised hearings in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and spoke out about his opposition to war.

Why did I choose this subject?

I chose the anti-war movement because it is relatable to what is happening today. The United States is going to enter another war that resembles the Vietnam War. The United States backs the Syrian rebels that are fighting for democracy in Syria. Some people believe we have no business being in Syria, others believe we do. When we enter the war there will be a strong anti-war movement.