Presentation on theme: "PROTEST AND REBELLION THE VIETNAM WAR. Where is Vietnam?"— Presentation transcript:
PROTEST AND REBELLION THE VIETNAM WAR
Where is Vietnam?
Why are we Here? Sides of Vietnam Country divided at the 17 th Parallel line North Vietnam = Communist, led by Ho Chi Minh (VIETCONG) North supplied by China and Russia South Vietnam = Democratic South backed by USA
What is the U.S. Role in Vietnam? CONTAINMENT – Keep Communism from expanding (by George Keenan) Imperialism = foreign control (colonization)Imperialism = foreign control (colonization) Saigon = Capital of South VietnamSaigon = Capital of South Vietnam
In the US Government Hawks = wanted war (get involved) Hawks = wanted war (get involved) Doves = wanted peace (stay out) Doves = wanted peace (stay out)
The Vietnam War: Why Protest?
Is this your neighbor?
Who are we fighting? Civilians lie dead and a South Vietnamese soldier still sits in his jeep after being shot in the head by a team of hit-and-run Vietcong in Vietnamese children are running past and looking at the charred and dismembered bodies.Civilians lie dead and a South Vietnamese soldier still sits in his jeep after being shot in the head by a team of hit-and-run Vietcong in Vietnamese children are running past and looking at the charred and dismembered bodies.
Why is he doing this? Passers-by stop to watch as flames envelope a young Buddhist monk, Saigon, October 5th, 1963.Passers-by stop to watch as flames envelope a young Buddhist monk, Saigon, October 5th, 1963.
War on TV First war where Journalists had free access to war zone USA sees war horror on TV every day with dinner Propels anti-war sentiment
Is protest worth your own life? Is protest worth your own life? SDS – Students for Democratic Society Organized on College campusesOrganized on College campuses
SNCC – Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee Civil rights group protested war
War Protests War very unpopular in USA Protests explode on College campuses across USA May 4, Kent State shootings 4 students shot dead by National Guard troops among protesters
DC Under Siege Presidents Johnson & Nixon faced daily pressure "Hey, hey LBJ, how many kids have you killed today?" "One, two, three, four! We don't want your f***ing war!"
Why would people support the War?
Patriotic Duty Support Troops in war Fear of Communist Expansion –COMMUNISM – (Soc. / Econ. System) – Goods held in common by Govt, no free market Stop Dictator (Govt Abuses towards people)
How far is too far?
Why was he involved?
Not understand GOALS No business in Vietnam Unfair Draft (Poor minorities could not afford to get out of the draft) War Violence on TV daily Same men fighting for USA not have basic Civil Rights Civil Rights Movement & Anti – War movement usually side by side
Vietnam Memorials in DC
Under what circumstances is protest or rebellion against the government acceptable?