America's War at Home
As American involvement in the Vietnam conflict escalated during the 1960s under President Lyndon B. Johnson, opposition to the war grew. Fuelled by media images and graphic newspaper reports, the American nation became slowly disillusioned by its country's role and purpose in Vietnam. Despite government claims that the war against communist North Vietnam was winnable, public protests began to take place throughout America. As the years dragged on and the stalemate in Vietnam continued, the anti-war movement grew. There were even occasional outbreaks of violent protest in America. The most famous of these incidents was at Kent State University in 1970, where four student protesters were shot dead by US troops. It seemed that the struggle in Vietnam had crossed the Pacific Ocean, and that America had slowly declared war on itself.
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- Protest movement, 1968-1973
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