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The Vietnam War was one of the most controversial wars in American history. Soldiers,
veterans, citizens, and young adults alike protested the war in variant yet impactful ways.

At the beginning of the war, most protests were small, until the first national protest. The
Pentagon riot where 50,000 people were involved, this lead to multiple arrests taking place on
October 21st, 1967. Afterwards, people started understanding the situation which America had
become involved in, created deep turmoil, ending in the separation of the people.

While some people fought against communism, others fought against the war in whole.
When news of the My Lai Massacre broke in 1968, America’s opinions of their own country
changed rapidly due to our U.S. soldiers being ordered to kill innocent Vietnamese civilians.
American citizens were conflicted over who was at fault, therefore this sparked political protests
from both sides.

For three days, the Kent State College students protested and caught attention by having
bonfires, stopping traffic, throwing bottles at police cars, and eventually setting fire to the ROTC
building. By noon on May 4th, approximately 3,000 people were gathered, protesting to national
guards, and started throwing rocks at them. The National Guard ended up firing at the people
gathered because they felt threatened, killing 4 people, and injuring 9.

Protesting in any way, was an act of influence to the public’s opinion. This influence was
a great connection between culture and politics. In other words, the culture in America was on a
tidal wave of either rebellion or support against the war. Through their voice, musicians spoke on
these times influencing either side. Songs of war, of peace, of unification, and of forgotten
voices, were the face of culture through this era. These 20 long years of American involvement
struck the country on various levels.

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The Vietnam War was one of the most controversial wars in American history. Soldiers,
veterans, citizens, and university students alike protested the war. While some patriotic people
fought against communism, other patriotic people fought against the war. This created turmoil
and led to violent protests across the United States.
When news of the My Lai Massacre broke, America’s opinions of their own country
changed rapidly due to our U.S. soldiers being ordered to kill innocent Vietnamese civilians.
American citizens were conflicted over who was at fault, therefore this sparked political protests
from both sides.
Protest, like any “action against” was an act of influence. This influence formed a great
connection between culture and politics; in other words, the culture of the current society in
America was on a tidal wave of rebellion against authority. Through their voice, musicians spoke
on these times influencing that rebellion. Songs of war, of peace, of unification, and of forgotten
voices were the face of culture through this era.

(Disclaimer; not our actual political opinions.)

● Add different protests - the several that took place - Jalynn/ Greta
● Mention the music - Why it was important for protests - Serra
● Also how the sides are split - how they got divided
● How protests help pull America out of the war - Joshua
● How the veterans were treated - Louie / Kammy
● Different examples - conservative or liberal views
● Go into depth on how protesting changed America - Serra
● When turned against war - turned against soldiers - Louie / Kammy
● Express that not all people felt the same way towards veterans- Louie/ Kammy

At the beginning of the year, most protests were small and usually on college campuses. After
the draft system, more and more people started protesting. After the protest at Lincoln, more
and more people started realizing what was going on, and started “The Hippie Movement”.

America has always supported its military and has shown great respect for their veterans. At the
end of WWI and WW2 soldiers returned home to victory parades and speeches. Unfortunately,
this was not the case when the soldiers returned home from Vietnam. They were slandered and
disrespected unlike the hero's coming back from WW1 and WW2.