Give Peace a Chance: Exploring the Vietnam Antiwar Movement

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Written by veterans of the Vietnam War and participants in the organized opposition to it, this book examines how the activities of America's most important antiwar movement affected the lives of its citizens and its government.
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Written by veterans of the Vietnam War and participants in the organized opposition to it, this book examines how the activities of America's most important antiwar movement affected the lives of its citizens and its government.
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This collection of 14 essays, generated by a 1990 conference on the Vietnam antiwar movement, analyzes movement strategies, the role of the military and women in resistance, and the movement in the schools. While the essays contain much useful information, including some new material based on oral histories, they lack the narrative drive of less academic histories. A few of the contributions stand out: historian Maurice Isserman, analyzing the triumph of militance over pacifism in Students for a Democratic Society, says that its rank and file was more diverse and less radical than the leadership; peace activist David McReynolds reflects on how more radical social critics shook pacifists' ``unexamined'' view of America; David Cortwright, a former soldier-activist, traces the socioeconomic profiles of GIs who practiced dissent and disobedience, noting that volunteers opposed the war more than draftees. Particularly stimulating is historian Kenneth J. Heineman's portrait of Kent State University, which, contrary to myth, had been a hotbed of activism. Small wrote Resort to Arms ; Hoover is a professor of history at the University of Toledo. (July)
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Abbreviations
Pt. 1 Antiwar Movement Strategies and Tactics
Introduction 3
1 The Counterculture and the Antiwar Movement 7
2 You Don't Need a Weatherman but a Postman Can Be Helpful: Thoughts on the History of SDS and the Antiwar Movement 22
3 CALCAV and Religious Opposition to the Vietnam War 35
4 Pacifists and the Vietnam Antiwar Movement 53
5 "May Day" 1971: Civil Disobedience and the Vietnam Antiwar Movement 71
Pt. 2 The Military and the Antiwar Movement
Introduction 91
6 The GI Movement and the Response from the Brass 93
7 GI Resistance During the Vietnam War 116
8 Vietnam Veterans and War Crimes Hearings 129
9 They Moved the Town: Organizing Vietnam Veterans Against the War 141
Pt. 3 Women and the Antiwar Movement
Introduction 157
10 "Not My Son, Not Your Son, Not Their Sons": Mothers Against the Vietnam Draft 159
11 "Women Power" and Women's Liberation: Exploring the Relationship Between the Antiwar Movement and the Women's Liberation Movement 171
12 The Women Who Left Them Behind 182
Pt. 4 The Antiwar Movement in the Schools
Introduction 199
18 "Look Out Kid, You're Gonna Get Hit!": Kent State and the Vietnam Antiwar Movement 201
14 Conscience and the Courts: Teachers and Students Against War and Militarism 228
Notes 243
Selected Readings 275
Contributors 283
Index 287
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