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Antiwarriors : the Vietnam war and the battle for America's hearts and minds
Small, Melvin.
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Wilmington, Del. : Scholarly Resources, [2002]

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xiv, 183 pages ; 23 cm.

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DS559.62.U6 S639 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The antiDVietnam War movement marked the first time in American history that record numbers marched and protested to an antiwar tune_on college campuses, in neighborhoods, and in Washington. Although it did not create enough pressure on decision-makers to end U.S. involvement in the war, the movement's impact was monumental. It served as a major constraint on the government's ability to escalate, played a significant role in President Lyndon B. Johnson's decision in 1968 not to seek another term, and was a factor in the Watergate affair that brought down President Richard Nixon.

At last, the story of the entire antiwar movement from its advent to its dissolution is available in Antiwarriors: The Vietnam War and the Battle for America's Hearts and Minds . Author Melvin Small describes not only the origins and trajectory of the antiDVietnam War movement in America, but also focuses on the way it affected policy and public opinion and the way it in turn was affected by the government and the media, and, consequently, events in Southeast Asia.

Leading this crusade were outspoken cultural rebels including Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, as passionate about the cause as the music that epitomizes the period. But in addition to radical protestors whose actions fueled intense media coverage, Small reveals that the anti-war movement included a diverse cast of ordinary citizens turned war dissenter: housewives, politicians, suburbanites, clergy members, and the elderly.

The antiwar movement comes to life in this compelling new book that is sure to fascinate all those interested in the Vietnam War and the turbulent, tumultuous 1960s.

Author Notes

Melvin Small has taught and lectured about the peace movement for three decades. Past president of the Council on Peace Research in History, he teaches at Wayne State University and is the author of several books on the Vietnam War including Johnson, Nixon, and the Doves and Covering Dissent.

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Choice Review

Small, a noted authority on the impact of the Vietnam War on US society, offers a much-needed examination of the antiwar movement. His brief volume discusses the origins of that campaign, the early response to heightened US involvement in Vietnam, and the building of a mass movement. It explores the ideological complexities of the US's "antiwarriors," applauding their humane instincts while pointing to the sectarianism that afflicted the movement. Small condemns the playing-at-revolution capers of various groups (although the Weathermen are only briefly mentioned), and he underscores the important role performed by the too often-forgotten Socialist Workers Party, a Trotskyist organization. Key antiwar figures are presented, although in an abbreviated fashion. Somewhat fuller attention is paid to presidents Johnson and Nixon, along with several of their top advisers. Scholars have long sought a concise history of the antiwar forces, one that would prove more usable for instructional purposes than such lengthy tomes as Tom Wells's The War Within (CH, Sep'94) or Charles DeBenedetti's An American Ordeal: The Antiwar Movement of the Vietnam Era (CH, Nov'90). Small's volume is thus important, although it never fully captures the passion of the era discussed. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers and all academic libraries. R. C. Cottrell California State University, Chico

Table of Contents

Prefacep. XI
List of Abbreviationsp. XIII
Chapter 1 The Origins of the Movementp. 1
Chapter 2 The Americanization of the Warp. 19
Chapter 3 Building a Basep. 39
Chapter 4 Becoming a Mass Movementp. 55
Chapter 5 Hey, Hey, LBJp. 75
Chapter 6 Confronting Nixonp. 95
Chapter 7 Halting Escalationp. 119
Chapter 8 The War and the Movement Wind Downp. 139
Chapter 9 Conclusionp. 159
Bibliographical Essayp. 165
Indexp. 169