Against the Vietnam War: Writings by Activists / Edition 1

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Overview

For some, it was a movement for peace. For others, it was a war against the war. In the eyes of certain participants, the movement was cultural and social at its core, a matter of changing society. Still others defined their protests as political and sought out the economic root causes of the war. What many would agree upon was that it was a time when a remarkable generation came of age and a great nation was shaken to its very foundations.

The protest movement in opposition to the Vietnam War was a complex amalgam of political, social, economic, and cultural motivations, factors, and events. Against the Vietnam War brings together the different facets of that movement and its various shades of opinion. Here the participants themselves offer statements and reflections on their activism, the era, and the consequences of a war that spanned three decades and changed the United States of America. The keynote is on individual experience in a time when almost every event had national and international significance.

A foreword by Staughton Lynd considers the events of the Vietnam War in the context of the present war in Iraq.

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Editorial Reviews

William A. Joseph
This is an outstanding collection of writings by anti-Vietnam war activists that gives a vivid sense of the range of principles and passions that motivated one of the largest and most influential social movements in American history. We hear from scholars and soldiers, senators and students, clergy, journalists, conscientious objectors, grassroots organizers and national mobilizers, some well-known and others from the rank-and-file of the movement. The result is a powerful compilation that should find a place on the reading lists for many courses on the Vietnam War, peace and justice, or the United States in the 1960s.
Gloria Emerson
There is no other book quite like this one and its importance has only grown over the years. We need to listen to these voices for they mirror a huge number of American lives. One is grateful for this sorrowful and wonderful record.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
Invaluable for reminding readers of the complexity within the antiwar movement. Robbins has composed an anthology with remarkable diversity in points of view, with due attention to resistance to the Vietnam War within the military and by veterans, and with respect for the political capacities of everyday citizens.
Peace & Change
In its balance between famous and grassroots activists, Against the War offers a wealth of valuable insights into why Americans opposed the Vietnam War and how their opposition took form—and colored their lives forever.
H-Net
Invaluable for reminding readers of the complexity within the antiwar movement. Robbins has composed an anthology with remarkable diversity in points of view, with due attention to resistance to the Vietnam War within the military and by veterans, and with respect for the political capacities of everyday citizens.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
Invaluable for reminding readers of the complexity within the antiwar movement. Robbins has composed an anthology with remarkable diversity in points of view, with due attention to resistance to the Vietnam War within the military and by veterans, and with respect for the political capacities of everyday citizens.
Booknews
Twenty-five essays, some contemporaneous with the war, some of more recent authorship, discuss the experience and legacy of the opposition to the Vietnam War. Contributors are such notables as Martin Luther King, Jr., Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Eugene McCarthy, Daniel Berrigan, Carl Ogelsby, and Joan Baez. Paper edition (unseen), $24.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742559141
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/22/2007
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Susannah Robbins, Ph.D., has taught English literature at Vassar College and runs her own editorial services company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her poems, stories, and prints have appeared in various magazines including Ploughshares and Confrontation, and she is the editor of the forthcoming book Peace Not Terror: Leading Thinkers Show the Way Out of Perpetual War.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Vietnam and Iraq
Introduction
Part I: Beginnings
Chapter 1: The Need to Remember
Chapter 2: The Impossible Victory:Vietnam
Part II: The War at Home
Chapter 3: From Ha Ha McNamara
Chapter 4: My Vietnam
Chapter 5: Burning Illusions:The Napalm Campaign
Chapter 6: The Responsibility of Intellectuals
Chapter 7: Declaration of Independence from the War in Vietnam
Chapter 8: Why I Joined the Resistance
Chapter 9: A Time to Say No
Chapter 10: Poems
Chapter 11: Chicago 1968: Street-Fighten' Man
Chapter 12: From the Suburbs to Saigon
Chapter 13: Vietnam Comes to Lexington: Memorial Day 1971
Part III: Soldiers against the War
Chapter 14: What Did You Do In the Class War, Daddy?
Chapter 15: War Memorial: Staying Close to a Buddy Twenty-five Years after His Death
Chapter 16: American War Crimes and Vietnam Veterans
Chapter 17: The War against the War
Part IV: Consequences
Chapter 18: Consequences of the Vietnam War and Government Policies of the Seventies
Chapter 19: Passing It On: The Movement for Teaching the Vietnam War in Schools
Chapter 20: Visiting Vietnam
Chapter 21: Chicago 1996: Despite Corporate Media Silence Many Powerful Protests
Part V: Conclusions
Chapter 22: What I Got Out of the War
Chapter 23: Cherishing Vistas, Embracing Human Beings: Toward Peace and Freedom
Chapter 24: Deja Vu All Over Again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2003

    The Silenced Story of U.S. History

    In American History, there seems to be an abundance of war information from pro-war advocates, and a shortage of peace and human history. An entire history of humanity has been overlooked. There exists history of people sensitive to people, people connected to all peoples. There exists history of pacifists and artists and musicians and writers and mothers and lovers. There exist people whose interest in justice means being able to be objective, and, as much as one is able, to walk in another man's moccasins. This book offers a variety of views by those intellectuals and humanitarians. Who could argue with the humanity of Martin Luther King, Jr. or Noam Chomsky or Joan Baez. This book contains an extraordinary collection of ideas, thoughts and information regarding what war does to our world, our peoples, and our humanity. These are valid, intelligent views from beautiful, creative, considerate spirits interested in humanity, interested in the avoidance of war. I've found this book incredibly refreshing and a welcome contrast to what's common, agenda-oriented, self-interested, military-focused, and fear-driven. A rare find. Truly a complete work.

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