The Portrayal of Opposition to the Vietnam War in Contemporary Literature, Film and Popular Song

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The Portrayal of Opposition to the Vietnam War in Contemporary Literature, Film and Popular Song Literature: During the Vietnam War, so many people were opposed to it they began to write articles and stories to address their community and fellow Americans. They tried to express their views on America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Most of the middle classed youths were destined to be drafted and through these articles and stories they tried to sway the public opinion. In the early seventies they began to make pamphlets and magazines, which contained pictures and information about the young men at war who had lost their lives in the conflict. These radical youths were most definitely biased,…show more content…
The “flower power” generation were overwhelmed and shocked as they based their ideals on peace, love and harmony. Film: Back in the time of the war televisions became an everyday object in the average household. There were very few channels but on these channels was the news. This newsreel had a very important role to play in the shift of opinion from the public’s perspective, although it did not intentionally do so. Because the television was relatively new there was no such thing as censorship, so when footage of a peaceful antiwar demonstration turned into disaster people were horrified. This demonstration was at Kent State University, were young flower power students were protesting against Americas efforts in the War but when the students resisted and stood up for what they believed in a small number of them were shot dead on the spot by the national guard. Many people thought that these demonstrations were unpatriotic and that there was no place for it in America but after these deaths antiwar protests were seen in a whole new light. Then came the shocking images of Vietnam itself. Clips and videos of everything that was happening in the battlefield was being broadcast all around the world to hundreds of millions homes. This faced America with a new

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