The Sixties Were A Time Of Questioning And Rebellion. The

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The sixties were a time of questioning and rebellion. The baby boomer generation was born into the most powerful, affluent, and influential nation in the history of mankind. Despite this, baby boomers were asked to fight in a foreign war, conform to societal norms, and accept institutional change in their lives. John Ketwig, Bill Ayers, and Robert Coles all showed in their own way the crumbling of American institutions in the sixties due to the belief that the US government was not working for its people. No other time in American history saw so much activity in terms of political and social movements and it brought the country into the age of questioning and rebellion which remains today. In John Ketwig’s And a Hard Rain Fell, we see the…show more content…
Why?” Ketwig realized that forcing the conscription of young men across the country was unfair when the war didn’t have a purpose itself. Was the war being fought to save the Vietnamese people, to stop communism, or to expand Americas reach in the world? The US government was never able to articulate a purpose to the soldiers nor the public and as a result lost support from both. Ketwig, like most Americans, pictured the American soldier giving candy to French children when he thought of the US military. Ketwig thought that the US army was always going to fight to make the world a better place wherever they planted their flag. It was thought that the Vietnamese people would rejoice at the sight of Americans because American soldiers were going to be fighting to liberate them from the terrors of communism. When Ketwig got to Vietnam however, the reality was much different than he had imagined. Vietnamese people yelled “fuck you” and threw garbage at the GI’s when they drove into their base, a far cry from the French children of World War Two. Ketwig realizes that the soldiers are not seen as liberators to these people but as the oppressors. As the war continues and Ketwig sees men on both sides die, he begins to wonder whether this war is worth fighting and who is right in all of this. The military wanted all its soldiers to know unequivocally that they were on the right side of the war but Ketwig questioned that. He
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