Student Unrest

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The Vietnam War was one of the main focuses of the 1960’s. It created much hype and controversy throughout the entire country and brought rise to some of the most tragic and memorable protests in the history of the United States. During the time of the Vietnam War, our country had a military draft in place. The draft entailed that every boy in the United States, once he turned 18, was thrown into a pool of eligible people to be chosen at random and sent to war. This aspect alone caused much discomfort throughout the country. Although it was a time of war, there weren’t too many willing participants who were ready to fight for what was right. Those in opposition of the draft did just about anything they could in order to avoid it. Some moved away to different countries and others rioted in major cities around the country. Some, in protest, would openly tear and burn their draft papers. One of the most well known people to do this was heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali. (Historylearningsite) For those with the money and credentials, going to college was another option. Former President George W. Bush was actually one of the men to dodge the draft by being accepted into a prestigious college. The biggest protest groups during this time period were teenagers and young adults, mostly college students. They believed that the draft was unfair and brought much stress to the country. They also firmly believed that the war was unnecessary and the fighting should cease immediately. No one really understood why American blood was being shed in a country that we had nothing to do with. College campuses were major hotspots for student protests. Members of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) began organizing “teach-ins” to express their oppositions to the war. (HISTORY VW Protests) Although the SDS were conducting protests around the country, they were the most…...

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