Woodstock And The Anti-War Movement

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I t started on campus- student protest
Despite the fact that a variation of different parties across America took part in the anti-war protest, and ultimately the Anti-war Movement, it is widely accepted that the first forms of protest and where it all started can be brought down to university students.

The Students for Democratic Society (SDS) a new left – Wing organization was the most influential student protest group during the Vietnam War. Students took part in numerous protests such as those organized by the SDS. In April 1965 the SDS organised a national protest march on Washington where roughly 25 000 people participated, far outnumbering the few thousand that the SDS was expecting. They also organised teach-ins the largest of which
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Woodstock represented the high point of a counter culture movement that moved against the Vietnam War. Taking place on the weekend from August 15 -17 1969 it was attended by over 500 000 people. The festival symbolized 3 days of complete peace and love, a strong contrast to what was taking place in Vietnam. Woodstock also greatly influenced the music and pop culture of the time. Featuring a mixture of songs that rebelled against the Vietnam War that also featured on the national music scene influencing many. Including ‘War’ by Edwin Starr, which was considered the most direct anti – war song ever written with lines including “war ain’t nothing but a heartbreaker/ War, friend only to the undertaker”. The posters for Woodstock advertising included artist that opposed the Vietnam…show more content…
One being that they lead to the retirement of President Johnson and also drove President Nixon to attempt to cover up the harsher realities of the war in an attempt to ease the protests. But the anti-war movement also had far more direct effects on the Vietnam War.

The cost of the war was far greater than they otherwise would’ve have been since the Congress felt anxious about providing the necessary funding for the war due to the extreme outrage within America

Through the threat of internal terrorism as well as the international eye cast on the US government due to dramatic actions taken by the American public the government and military became increasingly cautious in decision made with regard to the Vietnam War. An example of this type of thought process was President Nixon’s decision to withdraw 100 000 troops on the 7th of April 1971 after threats of a ‘spring offensive’ anti-war movement.

The anti-war movement also shaped the war policy in numerous ways. By influencing the decision making process as mentioned above. It also had a very overwhelming effect on the morale of the troops involved; knowing that their families and friends weren’t behind them fighting and supported their desire to go home ruined all the military efforts to motivate the

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