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The Beatles affect on the anti-war movement

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One song with a major anti-war theme was "Imagine".
Wisconsin Committee to Stop the War
The Wisconsin Committee to Stop the War released a series of informational bulletins that had a target audience of college students.
The Beatles and the Anti-war Movement
The Beatles peacful and upbeat music played a major role in the anti-war movement.
Dr. Dreyfus
Overall the Beatles were an extremely influential band. They supported peace and disagreed with the war. Many college students listened to their music and used it as fuel for the campaigns for peace.
The Beatles Affect on the Anti-war Movement
The Beatles were able to ignite hope and happiness during the dark time of president Kenedy's death and the Vietnam War. Their music was different than any other at the time.
Student Organizations
The song ended up causing controversy for band. Calling into question, again, their religious beliefs.
"For decades, schools on both sides of the Atlantic have banned the song at concerts and graduations. In 1972, seniors at Denmark High in Green Bay, Wis., voted to make "Imagine" their class song. The principal rejected their choice, claiming the song was "anti-religious and anti-American with communist overtones." But the students had the last word: At their 20th reunion, the class made "Imagine" its official reunion theme," (Wiener).
In the edition released on October 23, 1970 the artice speaks about "Homecoming for the G.I.'s". Since the National Peace action day coincided with the University of Wisconsin's homecoming weekend, the committee decided to schedule anti-war events throughout the weekend. Everyone was urged to participate or create their own events within their communities.
Wisconsin Student Association Homecoming for the GI's show featuring Leonard Cohen
leafletting, passing out black arm bands, selling posters etc. before and after the football game
anti-war services by churches in the university area
an anti-war march to the anti-war rally where speakers and groups could be heard
anti-military ball

In the edition released May 24th, 1971 students are informed about the conversion to a peacetime economy. The committee urged Wisconsin communities to take the first steps and begin meeting to address specific problems within their areas. Students were encouraged to: gain access to the press and radio, set up peace communication centers, look into draft information, create peace resolutions, and continue leafletting throughout their summer vacation.
On August 24th, the comittee extended its sympathy to the family of Robert Fassnacht who died when a bomb exploded at a UW Maddison Protest. They said he was another, "innocent bystander in this country who [has] died as a result of the prolongation of the Indonesian war." They also ridicule the action taken, saying such acts of terror have no place in a peace movement.

March Against Death

This was a march held in Washington D.C. to give tribute to not only American soldiers, but also Vietnam soldiers . This event was held November/14/1969.
March on Washington
This event was held the following day (November15/1969). This march protested having American troops in Vietnam. Its purpose was to get the President to remove the troops and bring them back home.

These two events were influential not only for American students but also for UW- Stevens Point students, because many marched and some even went to the war.
"All You Need is Love" became a popular slogan during the sixties. The idea that love is the answer to everything was one of the leading causes for people to protest against the Vietnam War and other wars after.The song itself was somewhat a theme song for the Summer of Love.
The Summer of Love took place in the summer of 1967 and acted as a way to spread messages of peace. "Throughout the 1960s, music served as an integral part of the counterculture movement. Seen as a way to both embrace an alternative lifestyle and protest against war and oppression," (Johnson). Events such as poetry readings and music festivals were very popular during the time.
The Vietnam war is estimated to have lasted from November 1st 1955- April 30th 1975. In Stevens Point there was a man by the name of Dr. Lee Sherman Dreyfus. He was declared the president of Stevens Point in 1967.

He had a huge impact on the anti war movement. He was invited to attend Washington with president Johnson to host the South Vietnam rector.
UWSP year book (1968)
This yearbook was published in 1968. The style of art for the cover of the yearbook is very similar to that of
Rubber Soul.
Radio Records
According to 90fm records in late 1971, "Imagine" was one of the most requested songs by students.
Despite some people seeing the song as another anti religious remark by John Lennon, the songs' true intention was to communicate John's ideas of peace and was often used during war protests.
The White Album
the Beatles released a song titled "Revolution."
Even though this album was not as popular as their prior albums, the Beatles still managed to convey a message involving politics and their views on society.
John Lennon became a prominent voice for the people in the early 70s. As the most radical of the Beatles, he protested strongly against the Vietnam war. Lennon continued to write anti-war songs such as "Happy Xmas( War is Over)" and "Give Peace a Chance" after the Beatles broke up. He remains the most influencial Beatle of the anti-war movement.
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