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Anti-war Movement Overall Response

Anti-war Movement Overall Response - homogenous however...

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My first impressions of the anti-war movement were that its participants were a group of incredibly motivated people brave enough to fight for what they believed in, no matter the consequences. After reading some first-hand accounts of the movement, it seemed like the motivations and levels of involvement were much more diverse than I had originally thought. Some dissidents were content to resist passively, by refusing to register for the draft for example; others became more active, going to protests and speaking against the administration; while a small group became militant radicals, engaging in bombings and other forms of violent protest to try to bring about revolution. I also initially believed that the members of the anti-war movement were fairly
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Unformatted text preview: homogenous, however they came from a variety of backgrounds, and had different reasons for opposing the war. Some were communists, some were civil rights leaders upset by the disproportionally high numbers of minorities being killed, and others were religious pacifist; all were united in their opposition to imperialist policies of the US war in Vietnam. After reading more about the movement, I’m not sure that the more radical members of the movement were very good for the cause. Although their actions may have drawn attention to their cause, I think radical, violent protests served to alienate moderates from taking part in protests against the war....
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