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What I Know About American Anti-War Movement

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What I know about American Anti-War Movement

    Fortunately, in this term, I got the opportunity to learn the Western culture which I have been interesting in since several years ago. Through the study for nearly a term, I have obtained much important and meaningful knowledge, which gave me a profound impression on the western countries and benefited me a lot as well. During my study after class, the anti-war movement in America during 1960s impresses me the most.
    As many people know, the USA is a multicultural nation, home to a wide variety of ethnic groups, traditions, and values .So though people all share a common American culture, the nation contains many racial and ethnic subcultures with their own distinctive characteristics, which can contribute to a lot of social problems.
    Here, I want to share my opinion about the American Anti-War Movement in the 1960s, which reflected the culture that is proper to the USA.
    Along with the Civil Rights campaigns of the 1960s, the Anti-War Movement is one of the most divisive forces in twentieth-century U.S. History. Though the first American protests against U.S. intervention in Vietnam took place in 1963, the antiwar movement did not begin in earnest until nearly two years later, when President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered massive U.S. military intervention and the sustained bombing of North Vietnam. In the spring of 1965, "teach-ins" against the war were held on many college campuses. Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) organized the first national antiwar demonstration in Washington; 20,000 people, mainly students, attended.
    As the war expanded—over 400,000 U.S. troops would be in Vietnam by 1967—so did the antiwar movement, attracting growing support off the campuses. The movement was less a unified army than a rich mix of political notions and visions. The antiwar movement reached its zenith under President Richard M. Nixon. In October 1969, more than 2 million people participated in Vietnam...


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