This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Moratorium March Essay

999 words - 4 pages

I. Introduction and Historical Context
On November 15, 1969, the Moratorium March against the Vietnam War commenced in Washington D.C. Pacifists and peace administrators carried banners which stated, ”A Calvinist for peace, No more war, We want peace now,” and some carried placards bearing the name of soldiers that had died during the war (Leen). The placards that had names of fallen soldiers were first used on November 13, 1969 during the protest called “March against Death.” Two days after this protest, the “Moratorium March” began. This was a massive march that consisted of over 500,000 demonstrators including pacifists, activists, college students and other organizations that ...view middle of the document...

II. The Moratorium March Event Overview and Analysis
The leaders of the Moratorium March had hoped that they could get the U.S. administrators and President Nixon to change their Military tactics (War Protests). Search-and- destroy missions were used as one of the military tactics, created by General William Westmoreland. The idea was to search the enemy and to destroy them immediately before the enemy attacks. The My Lai massacre is a great example of a search and destroy mission, where American soldiers killed between 200 and 500 unarmed villagers in My Lai at Westmoreland’s command. Their purpose was to kill guerilla fighters, but instead they brutally took the lives of innocent civilians (My Lai Massacre).
Before the Vietnam War began, communism was already threatening governments across the globe. Americans believed that containing communist aggression in South Vietnam was crucial, thus the United States commenced the Vietnam War. As the war continued, Americans grew increasingly wary of mounting casualties and escalating costs. Instead of the military consuming money from the Great Society, Americans believed that the government and the military should have used the funds wisely for social programs, such as welfare and housing for the poor. The small anti-war movement grew into an unstoppable force as the alarming truths about the war were revealed (“The Antiwar Movement”).
According to the article, “War Protests” from UPI, during a confrontation with President Nixon, a journalist asked Nixon about his thoughts about the demonstrator’s goal to end the Vietnam War. President Nixon then replied, “Now, I understand that there has been, and continues to be, opposition to the war in Vietnam on the campuses and also in the nation… however under no circumstances will I be affected whatever by it” (War Protests). A blunt and outspoken comedian, Dick Gregory, then answered the president, “Last month the President of the United States said nothing you young kids would do would have any effect on him. Well, I suggest to the President of...

Find Another Essay On The Moratorium March

Hunting for Whales: Outdated Practice Essay

1389 words - 6 pages connecting to them through their heartstrings or by putting limits onto how many whales the hunters are allowed to bring in (Hoare, 2014)(WWF, N.d). The IWC called for a “pause” referd to as moratorium on whaling in 1986 (WWF, N.d). Whaling is not practiced everywhere. Whaling is an act that is most common in places like Japan, Iceland, Canada, Russia, and the Netherlands. The WWF is against commercial whaling, but there is an allowed amount of

Environmental Consciousness from the Days of Moby Dick to Present Day

1159 words - 5 pages Press. (1997) 2) Melville, Herman. Parker, H. and Hayford, H. (Eds.) Moby Dick. Norton Critical Editions (2nd edition). WW Norton & Company. (2001) 3) Buell, L. Writing for an endangered world : literature, culture, and environment in the U.S. and beyond. Harvard University Press. (2001) 4) Strieker, G. "Japan finds whaling moratorium unappetizing." (March 2001) 5) "Big

Government Affiliation and Cloning

1415 words - 6 pages . The act extended to March 10, 2001, and defeated cloning advocate Richard Seed’s proposal to raise a fund for human cloning. After the succession of the Bush Jr. administration, the United House of Representatives voted and banned all human cloning, successfully passing a law to imprison as well as to impose a million dollar fine for attempting to clone. Furthermore, Bush announced that all federal funds could only fund research for the 64 stem

Was there really a "Communist threat" to Australia, or was Australian foreign policy responding only to a perceived threat?

1760 words - 7 pages democracy and individual freedoms, but the threat of physical danger for all Australians - communism was largely controlled by foreign dictators and appeared never to spread peacefully. [1: Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, 2013, 'Movements against Communism 1951-4', accessed 16 March 2013,9574.htmlhttp


1221 words - 5 pages (Kyoto Protocol 2008). Another step is the banning of coal fired power plants, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies told the "Terra Daily" that "There should be a moratorium on building any more coal-fired power plants until the technology to capture and sequester the (carbon dioxide emissions) is available," he believes that the suspension of coal fired power plant is the key to cutting carbon dioxide emission (Staff Writers

Nuclear Energy

959 words - 4 pages is the probability of a disastrous failure somewhere in the world. Nuclear power plants as well as nuclear waste could be preferred targets for terrorist attacks. Nevertheless, our textbooks showed us and most of us remember that terrible event in Japan. The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that triggered a catastrophe at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear complex has reignited debates over the role and safety of nuclear power. Because nuclear power

Social Movements In Australia

2258 words - 10 pages general public of Australia, with activism mostly limited to the far left . However, this soon changed when in 1966 the government announced a major increase in troops and the introduction of conscription . As the war dragged on, momentum for the anti-war movement increased, and in 1970, the anti-war movement stamped itself into the history books when a moratorium march in Melbourne saw a 100 000 people turnout, 200 000 nationally . In a similar way

Vietnam War Memory and the Nixon Administration

2102 words - 8 pages own POWs and MIAs was something no loyal American would dare oppose. One measure of Nixon successful campaign was the sale of more than 50 million POW/MIA bumper stickers during the next four years. The Nixon administration’s “go public” campaign, designed to “marshal public opinion” for the “prompt release of all American prisoners of war,” was released on March 1, 1969, and officially launched on May 19 at a press conference held by Defense

The Death of John Lennon and the End of an Era

914 words - 4 pages recorded "Give Peace a Chance". Which was released as a single, it became a popular anti-war anthem and was sung by a quarter of a million demonstrators against the Vietnam War in Washington, DC, on 15 November, the second Vietnam Moratorium Day. In December, they paid for billboards in 10 cities around the world which declared, in the national language, "War Is Over! If You Want It". Lennon and Ono moved to New York in August 1971, and became

Capital Punishment: Annotated Bibliography

1960 words - 8 pages penitentiary systems. It will show whether prison life is an appropriate punishment or that the death penalty must always be an option. Works Cited Associated Press. “4 Out Of 5 Texas Dentists Advocate The Death Penalty.” The Onion America’s Finest News Source. 28 Jan. 2004. Web. 21 March 2014. This short article used a satirical approach to establish a metaphor with dentistry and capital punishment. It is

Effects Of Overfishing Atlantic Cod on East Coast Ecosystems

923 words - 4 pages Canadian government put a moratorium on the fishing of Cod (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 2009). This enormous capture of fish, specifically large predator fish species such as the Atlantic Cod, have huge effects on the East Coast ecosystems (Frank, Petrie, Choi, and Leggett, 2005; Jackson et al., 2001; Scheffer, Carpenter, de Young, 2005; Worm and Myers, 2003). I have chosen to report on this environmental issue because it is something that is

Similar Essays

Commercial Whaling Essay

959 words - 4 pages Japan was in 1962 when 226,000 tons of whale meat was sold nationwide. In 1982 a decision was made by the International Whaling Commission that would ban commercial whaling in Japan, this was known as the moratorium that was finally enforced in 1986. Unfortunately the moratorium was only successful for a couple of years; shortly after Japan was able to hunt whales for :scientific research” which did not violate the codes of the moratorium. The

Islamic Law And The Juvenile Death Penalty

992 words - 4 pages As Emile Durkheim, believed society's punishments are a window through which society's “true nature” can be viewed. And an important reason why this punishment is thought of with such repugnance is that they have been historically linked to the process of torture. But if a poll were conducted tomorrow in Islamic countries, would we find considerable support for juvenile death penalty? Despite the abolition or moratorium of capital

Specialty Hospitals And Community Hospitals Essay

2171 words - 9 pages Specialty Hospitals and Community Hospitals The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Moderation Act of 2003 enacted an 18-month moratorium to investigate whether specialty hospitals privately owned by physicians were unjustly profiting from self-referrals to their own hospital (McLauglin & McLauglin, 2008). Many critics of these specialty hospitals contend that they draw the most profitable patients to their facilities; therefore

Fetal Tissue Transplants Are Unethical Essay

1532 words - 6 pages ethical debates surround the use of fetal tissue for research and transplantation procedures. Debates began soon after the United State Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade and continues to this day with debate in congress concerning the passage of the Morris K. Udall Bill, which upon passage will provide one-hundred million dollars a year for Parkinson's disease research. In March 1988, Robert Windom, a strong Right to Life