Peace, love, and rock ‘n roll. To some people those three words are the first thing to pop into their minds when they think of the 1960s. In reality, these words represent something much more significant. In the 1960s people started expressing their beliefs freely changing society in the United States forever, through media, protests, the hippie movement, and even music.
The majority of the country’s drama in the 1960s was a result of the Vietnam War. Many citizens weren’t happy about being at war once again, and this time, it seemed like a never ending war. As time went on the citizens grew more desperate for an end to this war. One reason that citizens were disgusted with the idea of the war was because of the Pentagon Papers. The Pentagon Papers contained private information about the Vietnam War. Daniel Ellsberg, who worked for the Department of Defense Study of the U.S. political and military involvement in the Vietnam War, got ahold of this private information. Daniel decided that what was going on wasn’t right, and we wanted the rest of the country’s citizens to know what was really going on. He copied and sent these papers to the New York Times and had them release the information for the public to read (networks). Once the citizens realized the truth about Vietnam, they were ready to start fighting for a change.
The American citizens took matters into their own hands and decided to rebel. Although the rebellion against the leaders of the U.S. was nationwide, most of it started on college campuses. One of the first groups known to take a stand was a group of college students that joined forces. They called themselves the Students for a Democratic Society. This group contributed greatly to the expansion of the movement. Another thing that triggered the growth of the protest was the bombing of North Vietnam. By October 21 in 1967 the movement had grown so much that they were able to gather around 100,000 protesters at the Lincoln Memorial (staff of History.com). Some protesters that participated in a protest at Kent State University gave their lives when National Guard troops shot into the groups of rebels and killed four students. Nine other students were wounded and it was not possible for any of the victims to have been threating the guards in any physical way from where they were located in the crowd (Mazells and Martin). Students were even joined by crippled Vietnam Veterans who struck out. They attended protests and were seen tossing their medals and things that they were rewarded for participation in the war. People at home watched these events occur on T.V. and were influenced. Around the beginning of February in 1968, 50% of the American population was fully against the folderol involvement in the Vietnam War. Only 30% of the nation’s population agreed with President Lyndon Johnson’s choice to take action. The remaining 20% of the civilians didn’t have an opinion (staff of History.com).
As the protest movement grew a new...