Mapping Anti-Vietnam War Activism

The 1960s and 1970s made D.C. a hub for political protests. The Civil Rights movement was popular in protesting in D.C., but they were not the only ones. The political protests that saw much action in the city came from the anti-war movement. This movement was mostly made up of young college students who chose D.C. as the place where they would let their thoughts on the Vietnam War known. These protests attracted national attention to young political activists, but the media sometimes covered them in a negative light. These activists were young and angry about U.S. military involvement in Vietnam, which is why they were portrayed as a mob. These young activists soon became the face of the anti-war movement.

This movement was also not an unorganized mess. Contrary to popular belief, these college students did not make up the entire movement. College students were the main protesters in the anti-war movement, but many churches and Civil Rights leaders were also involved. This diverse group of people created and worked with organizations around D.C. to promote a peaceful resolution. These people were disgusted by the violence that many innocent Vietnamese families were going through under the hands of American forces. The Vietnamese people had to deal with things like “search and destroy” missions that would ruin the livelihoods of many rural farmers. The organizations that these activists worked with helped bring awareness to what Vietnamese people were going through.

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Mapping out where these organizations in D.C. would change the perspective of these who these activists were. Each pin on the map would provide information about the organization and the charity work they did. The pins could also provide links to articles that discuss what politicians these activists were able to meet with. Having this map would give these activists credibility as a serious social movement.

This map would be useful to scholars trying to look for more information on activism in the nation’s capital. The links provided can make reaching out to these organizations and archives easier. There is currently no map that complies this information, and this could be a much-needed research tool for scholars and students. This tool would be open to the public on a mapping site in order to ensure that it is accessible for free. It is necessary to have this tool be easily accessible to researchers in order for accurate information about activists to be more widespread.

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