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United States participation in the Vietnam War was a subject of much debate among the American public While many Americans supported the United States involvement in the War in agreement with the Government that American assistance was needed in order to stop the spread of Communism other people felt that it was immoral for the United States to involve itself in another countrys internal mattersThe antiwar movement against Vietnam in the US from 1965-1971 was the most significant movement of its kind in the nations history Anti-war protesters were not confined to the young radicals intellectuals and the disaffected By 1968 they included many powerful individuals within the business and financial communities the media and the government itself McMahon 466 Also by 68 protesters numbered almost seven million with more than half being white youths in the collegeStudents for a Democratic Society SDS announced its opposition of the Vietnam War publicly in 1965 In a public announcement they state their reasons for disagreement We feel that the war is immoral at its root that it is fought alongside a regime with no claim to represent its people and that it is foreclosing the hope of making America a decent and truly democratic societyWe are anxious to help and to change our country we refuse to destroy someone elses country McMahon 467The SDS was not alone in their opposition Civil-Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr declared his opposition in 1967 He stated many reasons it became clear to me that the war was doing far more than devastating the hopes of the poor at home It was sending their sons and brothers and their husbands to fight and dieAs I walked among the desperate rejected and angry young men I have told them that Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problemsBut they asked what about VietnamTheir questions hit home and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence
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