Oct 1967 by ewghwehws


									“Television brought the brutality of
  war into the comfort of the living
  room. Vietnam was lost in the
  living rooms of America--not on
  the battlefields of Vietnam.”

    -Marshall McLuhan, 1975
        “How I Learned to Sweep” (By Julia Alvarez)

1.   What was she watching?
2.   Describe the floor.
3.   Who was speaking on tv and about what topic?
4.   What do the terms “dragonflies” and “beautiful green
     gardens” mean?
5.   What prompted her to sweep harder?
6.   What does “dust” in the poem represent?
7.   What made things clean again?
8.   How does the poem reflect the media’s effect on
     America’s perception of the war?
9.   Can viewing of actual combat on television affect one’s
     attitude about war? Explain.
Oct 6, 1966
Walter Cronkite reporting on Tet Offensive, 1968
1968 (Eddie Adams) General Nguyen Loan, chief
of Vietnamese national police shooting a Vietcong captive
1963: Buddhist Monks Protesting the
      conflict occurring in Vietnam
Oct 1967
Arlington, VA…outside the Pentagon
May 3, 1971—The Nixon administration ordered the
arrest of nearly 13,000 anti-war protesters calling
themselves the Mayday Tribe who had begun four
days of demonstrations in Washington, D.C. on the
first. They aimed to shut down the nation's capital
by disrupting morning rush-hour traffic and other
forms of nonviolent direct action, skirmishing with
metropolitan police and Federal troops throughout
large areas of the capital. The slogan of the
Mayday tribe: "If the government won't stop the
[Vietnam] war, we'll stop the government
Kent State Shootings
      Kent State Facts

1. Nixon had announced
   widening of Vietnam
   War previous day
2. Students on campus gathered to protest
3. National Guard was called in to control
4. National Guard opened fire on students
Students running as/after shots fired
5. 4 students were killed, 9 injured
4 killed, 9 injured (1 paralyzed)
         Jackson State Shootings

May 14-15, 1970 A group of student
protesters were confronted by city and state
police. The police opened fire, killing two
students and injuring twelve. This happened
10 days after the Kent State shootings.
New York University
       Vietnam War:
Political and Social Effect
1. Distrust of politicians/military

2. Anti-war/violence movement
3. Counterculture: youths who valued
   spontaneity and individuality (“hippies”)
4. Returning soldier dislike

Bien Hoa, Vietnam. Personnel returning to US (Feb. 15,
5. Freedom of “choice”—drugs/sexual

6. New fashion styles


7. Music: Woodstock 1969

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