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The Vietnam Peace Movement
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Who was involved in the protesting?
The peace movement began with a small number of college students gathering and sharing their opinions with each other as well as protesting on campuses in America. When the United States bombed Vietnam in 1965 the protesting hit its peak with protests nation wide. Not long later people in Australia got amongst the protesting; Australia now had many antiwar citizens challenging the idea of war.
Why did they protest?
At the beginning of the war Americans were happy and willing to help South Vietnam but as years went on more and more disagreed on the arrangement. A lot of men started fighting and their families began protesting when the draft started which forced young men to join the army and fight in Vietnam even if they didn't want to.
Although the peace sign was invented before the peace movement it was around these war protests it became a popular symbol of peace.
Masters of War written and sung by Bob Dylan about the Vietnam War and peace movement.
A video showing war protests along with how police officers handled the riots.
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What was the peace movement?
The Vietnam peace movement (also known as the "antiwar movement") was around protesting of those who were antiwar. These protests included antiwar marches and protests whether they were quite small or very large.
A picture showing a protest in America.
- May 1970, four people protesting at an American college were shot by police men and killed due to not stopping protesting when ordered to.
- As the Vietnam war was the first war to be displayed on the television people were aware of what was going on and so felt the need to protest.
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How did they protest?
The Fall of Saigon - The End of Vietnam Uschan
There are many ways that people protest, not all individuals protested in the same way.
- Some men protested against the war by burning or ripping up their draft letter. Those who do this get punished but they have their reasons. Some are plainly against the war, others have family who they want to protect at home , there are many different reasons that men didn't want to be drafted and so ripped up or burnt their letters in hope that they wouldn't have to go.
- The typical protests were large gatherings of people who would arrange to meet up at a spot with signs and would shout their thoughts to get noticed and be heard.
Everyone protesting had their own reasoning behind it; some were bluntly against the war, others didn't want their loved ones leaving and others were afraid to go themselves.
About the Song...
Masters of War was released in 1963 by Bob Dylan. The song was written as a realization of what was happening at war and to share the opinion of it being a 'waste of time'.
When Bob Dylan was interviewed soon after the song started to spread he said:
"I've never really written anything like that before. I don't sing songs which hope people will die, but I couldn't help it with this one. The song is a soft of striking out, a reaction to the last straw, a feeling of what can you do?"
The lyrics in the song are powerful and speak badly on those who believe in war. Bob Dylan sung "You aint worth the blood, that runs through your veins". This is one of the lines he used to show his audience how poorly he thinks of those incharge of the war.
Bob Dylan felt very pationately about peace not war just like those who protest although he got his thoughts across through song.
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