The Protests of the Vietnam War Essay

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It is commonly known in the United States that the Vietnam War was not a popular war. In fact, it was highly protested and a number of movies later came of it, including one that many people know and love: Forrest Gump. Other movies included To the Shores of Hell, Good Guys Wear Black, The Ballad of Andy Crocker, and many more. However, many of the horrors that people associate with the war come from being in Vietnam, not from the backyards of the American people. Yet the violence and atrocities occurred in the United States as well as in Vietnam. One of the biggest advocates for an end to war in Vietnam was the Students for Democratic Society (SDS). While many people who supported peace and an end to Vietnam supported the marches and …show more content…
Alongside the Students for Democratic Society, Furman University Corps of Kazoos helped to lead many nationwide marches and demonstrations for three years before peaking in 1968. This upheld public attention and helped to further their cause, as well as the rise in the death toll of American troops (Vietnam War Protests- The Vietnam War). One of the biggest advocates for the protest of Vietnam were the veterans themselves. Many of these men protested in wheelchairs and on crutches, many missing limbs and scarred mentally and physically, drawing in sympathy for the cause. They threw away medals on national television, similar to the Olympic athletes during the 1968 games (History.com).
The first examples of protest of the war were men burning or tearing their draft cards. In October 1965, David J. Miller was the first young man to burn his draft card, later receiving a two and a half year prison sentence. He did however encourage more men to replicate his actions, making this a common practice among young men (Vietnam War Protests- The Vietnam War).
Another common form of protests as the war drew on was people setting themselves on fire. The first woman to set herself on fire as a protest of the war was Alice Herz, an 82-year-old woman, on March 16, 1965. Later, on November 2, 1965, Norman Morrison (32) set himself on fire as a protest in front of the Pentagon. Just seven days later, on November 9, 1965,

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