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A Nation Divided. Avoiding the War What were some ways that young men used to avoid military service in Vietnam  Found doctors to give them medical deferments.

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1 A Nation Divided

2 Avoiding the War What were some ways that young men used to avoid military service in Vietnam  Found doctors to give them medical deferments  Looked for lenient draft boards  Enrolled in college to receive a deferment  Joined the National Guard or Coast Guard

3 In what sense was the Vietnam War a “working class” war? Enrolling in college to get a deferment required having money So, 80% of U.S. troops came from lower economic levels.

4 New Left: (name given to the youth movement of the 1960s)  Students for a Democratic Society  The Free Speech Movement  College Students- Young people Opposing the War: organizations and group opposition

5  The war was draining U.S. strength  Belief that war is immoral  Belief that the U.S. should not try to police the world  Belief that this was a civil war between the North and South Vietnamese and was not really U.S. business  President Johnson had revoked college deferments for those not getting good grades. Reasons that “doves” opposed the war

6 Ways that “doves” showed their opposition Held antiwar demonstrations Publicly burned draft cards Marched on Washington Fled to Canada and Sweden to dodge the draft

7 Defending the War By 1967: Most Americans supported U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War Hawks criticize the Johnson administration's policies in Vietnam: The “Hawks”( those that supported the war) felt that Johnson should escalate the war more quickly


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