1968: The Global Revolutions

The Student Movement: “Can You Remain Silent?” > Antiwar Activism

By 1968, many antiwar activists had been mobilizing for years against American involvement in Vietnam. The war was never far from the minds of college students, many of whom faced the threat of being drafted into the army. Protests against the conflict, on campus and throughout the world, emphasized the loss of American lives, as well as civilian casualties and the ecological destruction wrought on the Vietnamese homeland. For African Americans the contradictions of waging an imperialist war against people of color abroad, while also fighting racial discrimination at home, seeded further frustrations and doubts about the country’s actions in Southeast Asia.

Columbia University Independent Committee to End the war in Vietnam
“Uncle Sam Needs You to Die in Vietnam,” 1965
Joanne Grant Research Files

Columbia SDS
“Napalm: The American Way,” 1967
University Protest and Activism Collection

Oglesby, Carl
Vietnam: This is Guernica, 1967
Todd Gitlin Papers

Lockman, Ronald
“My Fight is in the Ghettos of Philadelphia - Not in Vietnam!” 1967
University Protest and Activism Collection

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