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2 A Nation Divided

3 Public Opinion 1965 – 66% supported 1965 – Teach-Ins begin Informally discuss opposition to the war – Civil War – South Vietnam was corrupt 1967 – Credibility gap widens – T.V. – Contradicting viewpoints/images

4 Tet Offensive 1968 Surprise attack on New years Day – Major cities – Provincial capitals – American Embassy Two sides General Westmorland “well laid plans went afoul” Public Opinion – Shocked! – Media influence – Walter Cronkite “…bloody experience in Vietnam is to end in a stalemate.” Credibility gap widens even more

5 Draft College students – Defer Low-income/minorities – No choice No way! – Burned draft cards – Fled – Prison 1969 – Lottery system 1971 – 26 th Amendment was passed

6 Hawks Doves Pro-war – % – Determined to stay and fight – Openly criticized doves – Pride – Johnson Antiwar – % Viewed as – Naïve – Unpatriotic – Unappreciative to resisting communism – Eugene McCarthy – Robert Kennedy

7 1968 Rolls On March – Johnson states he will not run April – MLK assassinated – James Earl Ray arrested June – Robert Kennedy assassinated August – Chaos at the Democratic Convention Center – Antiwar platform – Riots Abbie Hoffman “The whole world is watching!”

8 Politics Democrats – Hubert Humphrey – Associated with violence & chaos – Called for a complete end to the bombings Independent – Governor George Wallace – Outspoken segregationist Republicans – Richard Nixon – Promised unification – Restore law and order – Plan for ending the war

9 Assignment 1 (10 points) Create a poster that would be appropriate for your position on the war Use pictures or symbols associated with your side (can be a person or idea) Keep in mind it CAN be a slogan, however, you need to decorate it Must be colored Must clearly express your side (put your sticky note on it) Assignment 2 (5 points) Write a headline that supports your poster. For example, if you are a hawk, your headline may include a quote from General Westmorland. httphttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpCasiuAFF8 Be ready to share with the class Due at the end of the hour

10 Review Why did support for the Vietnam War begin to dwindle by the late 1960s? – Mounting causalities – The draft – Credibility gap – Media coverage


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