Vietnam War was fought by the United States between 1965 to 1973. It was the
longest war the country had ever engaged in. The Vietnam War was unique in one other
regard: It gave rise to the largest and most successful antiwar movement in United States
history. In a sense, the war in Vietnam could be described as a two front war - a war in Vietnam with war being
waged with tanks, guns and bullets - and a "war at home," fought on the streets
and campuses throughout the nation.
It was waged by millions of Americans who took to the streets in
large and small groups, who held protests at college campuses to
discuss the moralities of the war, and who demanded the United States to withdraw their
troops from Vietnam.
Deep-rooted in early Sixties student radicalism
protesting political repression on college campuses, the Antiwar Movement is considered to
be a direct outgrowth of the Free Speech Movement, led by the likes of Mario Savio at
Berkeley. At the outbreak of the Vietnam War, student radicalism inspired by the Free
Speech Movement later grew to represent a national voice protesting United States
involvement in the war, as Americans started to question the relevance of U.S. presence in
a conflict taking place halfway around the world.
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