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                       Vietnam War POW heads National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony

           picture can be found @: http://www.af.mil/news/Sep2001/n20010920_1332.shtml

"The constitutional right of free speech, free thought and free assembly must not be denied the minute a person steps foot on a college campus."

-Rep. James F. Hastings, June 9, 1969 (Olean Times Herald)

In the 1950's the United States began sending troops to Vietnam.  Over a twenty-five year period almost 3 million US men were sent to fight for a questionable cause, creating great tension within America.  Opposition to the war grew as television and the media graphically brought images of warfare into US households.  Most anti-war protests came from college students.  Most demonstrations were peaceful, including civil disobedience used to provoke arrest.  A nationally known student anti-war association called Students For Democratic Society (SDS) claimed that war in Vietnam was a direct consequence of American imperialism.  Many collegiate antiwar protests were as peaceful as posting signs or burning draft cards in opposition to the war.  Unfortunately some protests turned violent.  Kent State was one college which was in the national spotlight after thirteen students were shot and four killed at a protest on May 4, 1970. Kent State

Last updated:  03/19/04

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