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The antiwar movement against Vietnam in the US from 1965-1971 was the most significant movement of its kind in the nations history The United States first became directly involved in Vietnam in 1950 when President Harry Truman started to underwrite the costs of Frances war against the Viet Minh Later the presidencies of Dwight Eisenhower and John F Kennedy increased the USs political economic and military commitments steadily throughout the fifties and early sixties in the Indochina region Prominent senators had already begun criticizing American involvement in Vietnam during the summer of1964 which led to the mass antiwar movement that was to appear in the summer of 1965 This antiwar movement had a great impact on policy and practically forced the US out of Vietnam Starting with teach-ins during the spring of 1965 the massive antiwar efforts centered on the colleges with the students playingleading roles These teach-ins were mass public demonstrations usually held in the spring and fall seasons By 1968 protestersnumbered almost seven million with more than half being white youths in the college The teach-in movement was at first a gentle approach to the antiwar activity Although it faded when the college students went home during the summer of 1965 other types of protest that grew through 1971 soon replaced it All of these movements captured the attention of the White House especially when 25000 people marched on Washington Avenue And at times these movements attracted the interestof all the big decision-makers and their advisors Gettleman 54 The teach-ins began at the University of Michigan on March 24 1965 and spread to other campuses including Wisconsin on April 1 These protests at some of Americas finest universities captured public attention The Demonstrations were one form of attempting to go beyond mere words and research and reason and to put direct pressure on those who were conducting policy in apparent disdain for the will expressed
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