Antiwarriors: The Vietnam War and the Battle for America's Hearts and Minds / Edition 1

Antiwarriors: The Vietnam War and the Battle for America's Hearts and Minds / Edition 1

by Melvin Small
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.


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Antiwarriors: The Vietnam War and the Battle for America's Hearts and Minds / Edition 1

The anti–Vietnam War movement marked the first time in American history that record numbers marched and protested to an antiwar tune—on college campuses, in neighborhoods, and in Washington. Although it did not create enough pressure on decision-makers to end U.S. involvement in the war, the movement's impact was monumental. It served as a major constraint on the government's ability to escalate, played a significant role in President Lyndon B. Johnson's decision in 1968 not to seek another term, and was a factor in the Watergate affair that brought down President Richard Nixon. At last, the story of the entire antiwar movement from its advent to its dissolution is available in Antiwarriors: The Vietnam War and the Battle for America's Hearts and Minds . Author Melvin Small describes not only the origins and trajectory of the anti–Vietnam War movement in America, but also focuses on the way it affected policy and public opinion and the way it in turn was affected by the government and the media, and, consequently, events in Southeast Asia. Leading this crusade were outspoken cultural rebels including Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, as passionate about the cause as the music that epitomizes the period. But in addition to radical protestors whose actions fueled intense media coverage, Small reveals that the anti-war movement included a diverse cast of ordinary citizens turned war dissenter: housewives, politicians, suburbanites, clergy members, and the elderly. The antiwar movement comes to life in this compelling new book that is sure to fascinate all those interested in the Vietnam War and the turbulent, tumultuous 1960s.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780842028967
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2002
Series: Vietnam: America in the War Years Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 183
Sales rank: 802,161
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.66(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Melvin Small has taught and lectured about the peace movement for three decades. Past president of the Council on Peace Research in History, he teaches at Wayne State University and is the author of several books on the Vietnam War including Johnson, Nixon, and the Doves and Covering Dissent.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 List of Abbreviations Chapter 3 The Origins of the Movement Chapter 4 The Americanization of the War Chapter 5 Building a Base Chapter 6 Becoming a Mass Movement Chapter 7 Hey, Hey, LBJ Chapter 8 Confronting Nixon Chapter 9 Halting Escalation Chapter 10 The War and the Movement Wind Down Chapter 11 Conclusion Chapter 12 Bibliographical Essay Chapter 13 Index

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Terry Anderson

Lucid, cogent, and insightful, this book is ideal for anyone who wants to know how and why Americans opposed their own government over the long and tragic war in Vietnam.
— author of The Movement & the Sixties and The Sixties

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