Essay about Anti-War Movement in the United States

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Anti-War Movement in the United States During the late 60s and early 70s, anti-war movement was steadily progressing in the United States. The peace movement was directed to stop all forms of war. As the sixties wore on many anti-war groups began to form in the United States to protest for peace. These included the Black Panthers, the SDS, Woodstock, music and flower power, and the Hippy Movement. The anti-war movement attracted people from college campuses, middle class suburbs, labour unions and government institutions. Pacifists were also against the war on moral and religious grounds as they believed all war is wrong because it is against Christian teaching. By the end of the sixties,…show more content…
The source portrays a negative image for the war in Vietnam as it shows young children running from their homes which have just been bombed. This may have been one of the reasons for the anti-war movement because the distraught faces of the innocent children brought a feeling of guilt to the American people. However this source is biased and may have been used as propaganda to try and persuade the American people that taking part in the war would result in the loss of many innocent lives. Source C is by Richard Hamer, an American journalist, writing in 1970 about the widespread opposition to the American presence in Vietnam. This is a primary source which explores the difficulties of fighting guerrillas. ‘Should you kill of them or none of them?’ This suggests the American soldiers weren’t killing the people they wanted to. The source is very negative towards U.S involvement in Vietnam and suggests reasons for the anti-war movement. ‘A couple of guys are dead, others are screaming in agony with a leg or arm blown off, or their guts hanging out’. This is a shocking sentence which made American people feel that the U.S involvement in Vietnam was resulting in many gruesome and pointless deaths. This source is fairly reliable, however it may have been biased if the journalist Richard Hamer supported the anti-war movement and wanted to persuade the American public into not
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