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1 " The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History." The Sixties and Protest Music | Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.. Accessed April 7, 2019., 2. 2 Eric Foner. Give Me Liberty. Fourth Edition, Volume 2 . Norton Publishing: New York, 2015., 995
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After the assassination of president John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson took office. “President Lyndon B. Johnson spent twenty times more to fight in the Vietnam war than to fight poverty in the United States.” 3 Riots began to breakout due to the never-ending war in Vietnam. People questioned whether the war in Vietnam was really worth it. “By 1967, with the escalation of the United States military involvement in Vietnam, the War on Poverty had been halted. There were ghetto uprising punctuating the urban areas, the antiwar movement, made up of millions of people, purposely rejecting mainstream values. This caused great crisis since the Great Depression in United States of America.” 4 Antiwar groups began to be established throughout the United States. There were men that were going to be drafted but refused to be forced to go into war. “People such as Sloane Coffin collected draft cards from men that refused to serve. He was arrested and sent to federal prison for five year.” 5 Other groups such as hippies also protested. Due to the formation of antiwar groups, it tore society apart more than it should have. Lyndon B. Johnson claimed that their freedom was at stake. Which in the public’s opinion was not true what so-ever. Groups challenged the government with their protests. These movements demanded the troops be withdrawn from Southeast Asia and for the war to be over. “It was believed that the government testing ground and staging area for a new American response. They also believe that the government leaves several impoverished, leaving the real news in Vietnam, telling the American citizens what the government wants them to hear.” 6 3 "The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History." The Sixties | Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Accessed April 07, 2019. ., 4. 4 Foner, 992. 5 "How Vietnam War Protests Accelerated the Rise of the Christian Right." Smithsonian.com. May 03, 2018.
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