The Impact Of The Anti-War Movement

1136 Words5 Pages
With the rapid development of America’s economy and the rise of liberalism, a series of movement took place in American society in the 1960s, including civil rights movements among American Negroes, feminist movements among American women, and anti-war movements among young people. In order to prevent the prevalence of communism, America intervened in the Vietnam War, which caused dissatisfaction of common people. Being discriminated by the society, American Negroes and women began to fight for equal rights. Although the goals of the movements are various, they are intended to build a more equal, free, and peaceful America. These movements make a great contribution to changing Negroes’ and women’s status in politics, economy, culture as well as society and have a profound effect on American…show more content…
In 1963, The Birmingham Campaign took place with demonstrations and sit-ins. Martin Luther King was arrested. It was in the Birmingham jail where he wrote the famous Letter from Birmingham city jail. In the letter, King rejected the accusations against nonviolent resistance and civil rights activists made by white clergymen. This letter is an effective argument against the white clergymen’s criticism. The clergymen criticized that the nonviolent resistance created tension. To this, King defended that they just brought “the hidden tension” “out in the open where it can be seen and dealt with”. The clergymen accused the civil rights activities were untimely. However, King argued that “this ‘Wait’ has almost always meant ‘Never’.” They had waited long enough and it was difficult to wait any longer. The clergymen spoke highly of the Birmingham police force. To this, King set forth an array of misdeeds of the police and it was easy
Open Document